Final score: Capitals 5, Bruins 3
How it happened: The Caps opened with an early two-goal lead in the first period, but Brad Marchand scored twice to pull the Bruins back even. Alex Ovechkin scored with just 45 seconds remaining in the second period to restore Washington's lead. Bretty Connolly added the exclamation point in the third period with a beautiful goal against his former team.
What it means: Washington extended its home win streak to eight games and improved their record at Verizon Center this season to 20-5-1. They have now won eight straight against the Bruins and sit four points ahead of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets.
Capitals goal: T.J. Oshie from Nicklas Backstrom at 3:06 in the 1st. Backstrom intercepted a pass from Marchand in the defensive zone and Oshie took off up the ice. Backstrom was able to thread the needle between two defensemen with the pass to send Oshie in alone on the breakaway. Oshie then slipped the shot through the five-hole of Tuukka Rask. Caps 1, Bruins 0
Capitals goal: Nicklas Backstrom from Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie at 13:34 in the 1st. Rask made a kick out save on a slap shot from Niskanen, but the rebound went right to Nicklas Backstrom who shot it into the net. Caps 2, Bruins 0
Bruins goal: Brad Marchand (power play) from Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak at 18:46 in the 1st. Pastrnak entered the zone up the middle and passed it off to Bergeron. Bergeron passed to the trailing Marchand in the high slot and he hit the top shelf with a beautiful shot to beat Braden Holtby. Caps 2, Bruins 1
Bruins goal: Brad Marchand (power play) from David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner at 2:49 in the 2nd. The Bruins completed a tic-tac-toe play as Pastrnak went cross-ice for Spooner who found Marchand right on the doorstep for the easy tip-in past Holtby. Caps 2, Bruins 2
Capitals goal: Alex Ovechkin (power play) from Matt Niskanen and Nicklas Backstrom at 19:45 in the 2nd. Ovechkin and Niskanen played keep away on the power play until Ovechkin found some space in the office and ripped the wrist shot past Rask to give the Caps back the lead. Caps 3, Bruins 2
Capitals goal: Brett Connolly from Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov at 3:29 in the 3rd. Kuznetsov skated into the right side of the offensive zone before dropping the pass back to the middle for Orlov. Orlov found a streaking Connolly who got in behind the defense and deftly skated around an aggressive challenge from Rask to backhand in the goal. Caps 4, Bruins 2
Capitals goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov from Tom Wilson at 15:53 in the 3rd. Tom Wilson emerged with the puck after a great puck battle along the board and passed to Kuznetsov who went blocker side to beat Rask. Caps 5, Bruins 2
Bruins goal: David Krejci from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand at 18:29 in the 3rd. Caps 5, Bruins 3
1. Brad Marchand: You could argue that perhaps Marchand shouldn’t have played at all after tripping Anton Stralman of the Tampa Bay Lighting with a slew foot on Tuesday just one week after getting fined for a very similar trip of Niklas Kronwall. But when Marchand isn’t knocking players down from behind on dangerous plays, he’s an incredible talent. That was on display Wednesday as he scored twice to help the Bruins climb out of a 2-0 hole.
2. Nicklas Backstrom: Backstrom had a hand in each of Washington's first three goals on the night with a goal and two assists. His pass to spring Oshie's breakaway goal was perfect.
3. Evgeny Kuznetsov: Kuznestov picked up in February right where his January left off. After being named the first star of the month for January, Kuznetsov started February off right with a goal and an assist.
Look ahead: The Caps will be off Thursday before returning to practice on Friday. Then it’s another back-to-back with a pair of matinees over the weekend. On Saturday, Washington will be in Montreal to face the Canadiens, then return home Sunday for a date with the Los Angeles Kings.
Tell us what you think: Washington allowed Boston the chance to battle back from a 2-0 deficit by giving up two power play goals. This is the sixth straight game the team has allowed a goal on the power play. What changes do you want to see Barry Trotz make to fix the penalty kill?