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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- And with 57 seconds left in regulation McAvoy slammed home his own rebound to knot the score at three apiece.
- 27 seconds into overtime Ovechkin skated into the offensive zone with speed and beat Rask with a wicked wrister from forty feet.
- The Bruins ended the evening with 43 shots on goal (which is twenty more than Washington registered).