Bruins 3, Caps 2 (OT)
In the Caps' last game before the all-star break they talked about how minor penalties and the penalty kill were literally killing them. A week later, they were talking about the same thing after their 3-2 overtime loss in Boston, which - surprise, surprise - ended on a Bruins' power play goal.
The Bruins' power play finished 2 for 5 on the night, spoiling a fine effort by Jose Theodore and most of his teammates. The Caps have now dropped two in a row overall and fell just short of beating the Bruins for the fourth straight time (which would have set a franchise record). They also slipped to 11 points behind Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Some other notes and quotes:
*Alex Ovechkin seems to be fine after crashing shoulder-first into the corner boards late in the second period. Ovechkin stayed down for a bit, and missed the final 5:35 of the session before returning at the start of the third.
A team spokesman said Ovechkin had suffered a "stinger" and that it needed about 15 minutes to "go down".
Judging from Ovechkin's play in the third period, he looked to be just fine. Afterward he didn't go into much detail other than to shrug and say, "It's a hockey moment" and that he'll be "okay."
"He's a pretty tough kid," Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
*Jose Theodore continued his stretch of solid performances. He was good in the third period and great when called upon in overtime.
*Tim Thomas, meantime, showed why he was selected as an all-star for the second straight season. Thomas made 34 stops, including an unbelievable pad stop on Nicklas Backstrom in overtime.
*Speaking of Backstrom, there was some debate in the Caps' room over whether a) his hooking call on Zdeno Chara in overtime was a penalty or a dive and b) whether Backstrom needed to take a penalty at all.
"I don't think Nicklas Backstrom even touch Chara," Ovechkin said. "Chara just fell."
Boudreau added: "It was a good penalty to take if it was in [regulation]."
*Boudreau on the game: "These were two good teams. All three games against these guys, we battled them. It was a hard fought game. [But] we have to limit [the penalties] to just three because right now we're fragile killing penalties. The guys are trying so hard, but things aren't working. Pucks are bouncing off skates. It seems like that happens once a game. That's not an exaggeration."
*Ovechkin moved into a tie with Sidney Crosby for second in the league in points with 60, just 10 behind his new/old friend Evgeni Malkin.
*Mike Green now has 13 goals on the season, which is just 5 behind his total from all of last year and one behind Nashville's Shea Weber.
*David Krejci on his game winner: "I didn't try to shoot. I just tried to pass it over to Marc Savard."
If Krejci's pass had connected, you had better believe Savard would have banged it in.
*The Caps' power play went 0-6 (even though Green's goal went in before Savard had gotten back into the play after coming out of the box). The unit is now 0 for 11 the past two games.
"We're unaccustomed to that," Boudreau said. "We'll straighten in out in practice this week. The power play could have won us the game. When we're simple we're pretty good on the power play. But we got too cute there in the second period."
*This was the sixth game in the teams' past 11 meetings that was decided in overtime or a shootout. The Bruins are 5-1 in those games.
*The Bruins also have a 13-game point streak at home against the Caps. They are 10-0-2-1 in that span. Boston's last home loss in regulation was a 2-0 defeat on Dec. 2, 2000.
*Ovechkin's thoughts on the Bruins?
"They are a good team, but I don't think they are best," he said. "We dominate them. But the result is not good for us tonight."
That's it from me tonight. After spending the past week on the road, I'm going to take tomorrow off. So look for an update from Katie in the morning.
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