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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.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 27, 2009; 11:46 PM ET
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Posted by: LA_caps_fan | January 28, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your hard work and enjoy your day off

Posted by: Riddler1 | January 28, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I love it when Ovi says it was just a hockey moment ... Russian machine never breaks.

I responded to you on the previous thread! :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 28, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Very well deserved day off Tarik, enjoy it.

quick thought about when we are penalty killing with 3 guys. The 2 guy up top formation is leaving this team exposed for the cross crease pass and teams look to have started taking advantage of it, especially when Steckel is scratched without his long reach to take away the point pass. Has Bruce talked about how prefers this way over having the points covered by one guy and 2 rotating down to cut off that play and give the goalie more of a chance with the point guys.

Random thought but definitely stoked the curiosity. Again thanks for all the insight you provide for the Caps Nation and whenever you get a day off or take one, it fully deserved!!!

Posted by: BBDwrestling | January 28, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

why even make a comment like that ovie?


Posted by: richmondphil | January 28, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

richmond, why not? he can't say what he believes? it is true that caps have dominated them for 3 games and that the bruins are not the best (neither in skill or results) - so what's the problem?

Posted by: 202-206 | January 28, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

are you being serious or what?

anyways, red wings do it again. proving once again they know what they are doing up front:

what a steal!

Posted by: richmondphil | January 28, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Bruins fans proved themselves to be classless clowns on national TV tonight.

Fans of a team that lost one of its best players (Patrice Bergeron) to a concussion for all of last season and part of this one should probably not chant "bullsh*t" and "p*ssy, get up!" at the best player in the game while he'd down on the ice after crashing hard into the boards. That was absolutely disgusting. I've lost a lot of respect for Bruins fans tonight.

Boston might be a hockey town again, but the loudest cheers were reserved for the Ice Girls throwing free shirts into the crowd (gimmick).

As for my first personal experience wearing a Caps jersey at a Bruins game I've described it in the previous thread. Wonder if the Garden even has such a thing as security. Maybe they have to fire them to in order to afford the Ice Girls.

Really, really wish Backstrom put that chance away in OT. Would have absolutely loved for him to shut up the ape section I was in (one that started the "classy" chants).

Posted by: ranndino | January 28, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

LOL. Tarik goes to the game, writes one or two quotes he heard in the locker room and people thanks him for the hard work? Everyone that went to the game and posted here: Well done! Take the day off tomorrow, you deserve it.

Posted by: superX | January 28, 2009 1:12 AM | Report abuse

"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."

Well not really dominate them yesterday. In any case, being 11 points ahead makes them the best... sorry, still pissed off about the game.

ranndino, I sympathize.

caphcky, if that's your contribution to this blog, thanks, but no, thanks.

Posted by: mauree | January 28, 2009 5:04 AM | Report abuse

Boston is showing that you don't need a superstar if you have solid forwards (Savard, Kessel, et al), the kind of defenseman we lack (Chara) and a consistently great goalie. That being said, Jose looked great last night. I don't fault Backstrom on that hook, if it was indeed a hook. Either way, we lose that game.

Hoping for a good showing against Detroit - those matinee games always make me nervous. We tend to look half asleep more often than not.

Posted by: alpca3877 | January 28, 2009 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Caps are the 4th best team in hockey and that is how they will end up come playoffs. Wait till Sat. when Detroit flexes their muscle. 3 loses in a row after Sat. NO Defense/PK dooms this team. GM needs to make trade soon to shore up D.
Caps blew last night. I jumped out of my seat when OT goal was scored. Caps deserved that one!!

Posted by: phrdlick | January 28, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

RE: the Wings, are NL and PD still going to be out on Sat? I can't recall which game(s) they were told to sit for.

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 28, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Chara an all-star? Puuuleeeeeze!

That guy is tall, end of story. Because he's tall he has a hard shot. That's it. The guy can't skate, can't deke, is slow as molasses and looks about as dumb as they come. I don't get it, and I'm really tired of hearing about him.

So he took a cheap shot on Ovie and took a dive in OT...nice All-star you got there NHL...but these are the folks who think Cindy is "the games biggest star!" too, so I'm not real surprised there's more heavily marketed dead-weight in the league. Indeed, plenty of it.

Posted by: soloman5000 | January 28, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Oddly enough, I thought that the really bad penalties were taken in the first. Brash, anyone?

That said, I don't think all of our D is the problem. I have to call out four people from last night: Brash (bad penalties), Ovi (keeps losing the puck and bad passes), Backstrom (sometimes you gotta shoot instead of pass, and you had a couple of giveaways b/c of it) and Schultz (just plain keeps getting beat). PK is definitely an issue, and it's getting bigger.

The NJ Devils are creeping up, too - they just took over the Atlantic and are one point behind us. We need to win Saturday, preferably in regulation.

We need Poti back, plain and simple. Glad Ovi's okay.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 28, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

If I had a friend I wanted to make into a hockey fan, this would have been the perfect game for them to see. These are two great, well-matched teams, and it could have gone either way. I'm sorry it didn't go our way, but it was still wonderful to watch.

And I'm glad Ovi says he's OK. Oof.

Posted by: jen-s | January 28, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

We can't fault the Caps too much. They played a good game. They weren't trounced by the Bruins. I say they train superhard the next couple of days and hope for the best on Saturday. We're playing home so that should give the Caps an edge. We all know how they don't like to disappoint at home. Let's not ride the Caps like they weren't trying to win last night. They have more at stake when they lose than we do when we're watching them. Cut them some slack. Btw, I'm bummed that no one's given credit to Nylander for the point he scored for us. He's still part of our team. Give it up for the guy. Great job, Nylander!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 28, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

@phrdlick: Unless you created a new name, you're a new blogger and you want to come in here and critique the Caps game. Heck yeah I wanted them to win last night but they played well. PK is obviously a problem and Poti will help shore that up. It was an exciting game played by the two best teams in the Conference. It was a well played road game as a matter of fact. I would like to believe that Backstrom's penalty call was a dive because Chara is a beast and Backstrom didn't look like he put much into any stick use but the giant still wiped out. Nevertheless, I didn't see anything on the replay to convince me totally it was a dive. Just an unfortunate bounce and game over.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 28, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

For being considered as the best player in the world, there should be no excuse why Ovie only hits the net 25% of the time. I am tired of watching him make fancy moves and then hit the glass with the puck. It also seems that every defensemen in the NHL knows his moves. Comes down the side, cuts in, and then tries to shoot between the legs. Anyone else agree?

Posted by: Kevin9149 | January 28, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The caps will be fine. The problem that CAPS had at the begining of the season was goaltending and now Jose is playing amazing(looks like we can ride him for a playoff run). We just have to mesh everything together wich is very hard to do when the lineup changes every night(injuries)

Posted by: smartfan | January 28, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

5 pts in 3 games vs. Boston. I welcome a 7-game series vs those guys.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 28, 2009 9:01 AM


Unfortunately(?), if the season trend for both teams continues we are unlikely to see BOS in the first round of the playoffs unless one team or the other goes into a free-fall through the end of the season. Could be a good Conference Final, though.

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 28, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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