The Capitals won three of the four games between the two clubs this season. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
What Tim Thomas saw on Alexander Semin's game-winning overtime goal: a long-distance shot that was about three feet off the ice before it ascended in mid-air.
"From that far away, I should have it anyways," Thomas said. "But you don't expect that kind of stuff to happen."
Claude Julien's interpretation: a shot that should have been stopped.
"That last goal was a bad goal," Julien said. "He can say all the things that happened with the puck. But the bottom line is you should tell yourself, 'I should have had it. I didn't have it. Turn the page and let's move on.' He's given us too much to be worried about the negatives. He's been far better the other way. Simple as that."
* Julien didn't think much of quotes he read in today's Washington Post from Brooks Laich. "If we win [today], now we're 3-0-1 against them for the season," Laich said. "Maybe they finish ahead of us, maybe they don't. But now they're wondering, 'You know, we can't beat those guys.' " Julien's response: "I've heard them say that they're in our heads. They do a lot of talking. They obviously don't do a lot of research. I don't think that really rattled us last year against Montreal when it came down to playoff time. Totally different thing. They're one-goal games. They could have gone either way. If anything, it's two good teams going at each other. But by all means, I don't think they scare us to that point."
* Matt Hunwick, playing his second game up front this season, turned in a two-point effort (goal, assist) in 12:49 of ice time while playing with Marc Savard and Phil Kessel. "Just tried to go out and use my speed and play my game," Hunwick said. "I just tried to keep it simple. Obviously Savvy's a great passer. Just tried to use my speed to get it on the forecheck."
* Patrice Bergeron didn't like Nicklas Backstrom's uncalled hit from behind in the third period. Bergeron took several runs at Backstrom after the hit.
* The Bruins are off tomorrow. They will practice on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena.
STICK SALUTE: Bergeron. Led all players with seven shots. Was second among forwards in ice time with 20:09. Set up Zdeno Chara's game-tying goal.
SIN BIN: Michael Ryder. Zero shots and zero points in 13:40 of ice time.