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Capitals vs. Bruins Recap: Ovechkin in Overtime

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The captain ends the Bruins comeback in extra time

NHL: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In Alex Ovechkin’s return to the lineup the Capitals downed the Bruins 4 to 3 in overtime courtesy of their captain’s game winning goal

Here’s Saturday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Nicklas Backstrom continued his excellent start to the season, adding a goal and an assist to his team leading 12 points.

Minus: Washington was outshot in all three periods of play.

Nine more notes on the game:

  1. Boston started the contest much better than the Capitals and Vitek Vanecek had to be sharp early. His strong play is what kept the Bruins off the board early.
  2. Washington would end up striking first at 18:06. Backstrom stole the puck from Patrice Bergeron at the blue line and rifled a hard shot past Tuukka Rask for the early lead.
  3. Trevor Van Riemsdyk extended the Capitals’ lead to two with his first goal with the franchise. Van Riemsdyk’s shot from the point eluded several skaters before settling in the net.
  4. Richard Panik then made Washington’s lead three with his first of the season. A Tom Wilson shot from the slot hit Panik in front of the net and the puck beat Rask cleanly.
  5. The Bruins would get some life back, however, with a late second period goal. With Garnet Hathaway in the penalty box Nick Ritchie deflected a shot behind Vitek Vanecek (who never saw it).
  6. Midway through the third Brad Marchand drew Boston within one. Charlie McAvoy’s pass from behind the net bested Jonas Siegenthaler immediately before Marchand lifted the puck into the net.
  7. And with 57 seconds left in regulation McAvoy slammed home his own rebound to knot the score at three apiece.
  8. 27 seconds into overtime Ovechkin skated into the offensive zone with speed and beat Rask with a wicked wrister from forty feet.
  9. The Bruins ended the evening with 43 shots on goal (which is twenty more than Washington registered).