WASHINGTON -- Last night at the Verizon Center, in a crucial match in their playoff push, the Bruins could only gain one point.
At 0:44 of overtime, after a high-sticking call on Dennis Wideman, Brooks Laich netted a four-on-three power-play goal to hand the Bruins a 3-2 loss. The Bruins have 85 points, three more than the ninth-place Rangers.
The Bruins snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period. Milan Lucic sent a cross-ice pass to an in-stride Patrice Bergeron. The center shook off a Shaone Morrisonn hook, threw a deke on Jose Theodore, and slipped the puck into the net on his forehand at 7:55, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
But the Capitals scored a late goal in the second to tie the game. Alex Ovechkin careened down the left wing and threw a pass out front for Mike Knuble. The former Bruin, playing his usual blue-collar style, jammed the puck through Tuukka Rask at 19:31 of the second to tie the game at 2-2. The play went to review but the goal was upheld.
The Capitals took a 1-0 lead in the first period after a lengthy video review. Ovechkin started the goal-scoring sequence from the left wing, sending a cross-ice pass to Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin got rid of the pass an instant before Zdeno Chara, who had vacated his net-front position, jumped up to throw a big hit on the Russian. With no defenseman in sight, Backstrom wound up and snapped a wrist shot under Rask's left arm. Rask got a piece of the shot, but the puck trickled through and rolled over the line at 7:36.
Referee Bill McCreary called it a goal, but the play went under review to determine whether Wideman cleared the puck before it crossed the line. There was not evidence to overturn the on-ice call.
The Bruins tied the score with 1.6 seconds remaining in the first. First, Bergeron won an offensive-zone draw against David Steckel. Bergeron pulled the puck to Chara, who turned and sent a D-to-D pass to Wideman at the left point. Wideman cranked a one-timer that sailed through traffic and beat Theodore to even the score at 1-1.
All done in DC. Capitals in OT, 3-2. Brooks Laich with the PPG.
0:24 OT: 2-2
High-sticking on Dennis Wideman.
20:00 3d period: 2-2
OT coming up. Bruins gain one precious point. David Krejci had a good chance late.
14:59 3d period: 2-2
Brooks Laich upends Dennis Wideman.
9:57 3d period: 2-2
Tripping on Tyler Sloan.
9:48 3d period: 2-2
8:58 3d period: 2-2
Michael Ryder tips a Matt Hunwick shot. Save by Jose Theodore.
4:23 3d period: 2-2
Jose Theodore smothers a Milan Lucic slap shot.
20:00 2d period: 2-2
Biggest third period of the season coming up for the Bruins.
19:31 2d period: 2-2
Alex Ovechkin drives to the net down the left wing and throws it out front for Mike Knuble, who jams it through Tuukka Rask. Typical Knuble goal. This time, the Caps strike with a late goal. Review concludes it's a goal.
17:53 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Heavy pressure by Blake Wheeler and friends. Wheeler playing with much more jam tonight.
12:12 2d period: Bruins 2-1
John Erskine jolts Milan Lucic from behind. Brief flareup but the gloves stay on.
7:55 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Patrice Bergeron takes an in-stride feed from Milan Lucic, shakes off a hook, and goes to the forehand to beat Jose Theodore.
6:38 2d period: 1-1
Zdeno Chara is back on the bench.
6:38 2d period: 1-1
Zdeno Chara has yet to return to the bench.
5:05 2d period: 1-1
Zdeno Chara leaking blood from the nose after being clipped by Alexander Semin. No call.
3:16 2d period: 1-1
David Krejci off for cross-checking Alexander Semin.
1:03 2d period: 1-1
Shaone Morrisonn off for holding the stick. Jose Theodore flopping in the crease.
20:00 1st period: 1-1
Absolutely huge goal by Dennis Wideman to wipe out the one-goal lead. Starts with an offensive-zone faceoff win by Patrice Bergeron.
19:58 1st period: 1-1
Dennis Wideman's point shot beats Jose Theodore with 1.6 seconds remaining in the first.
19:48 1st period: Capitals 1-0
Finally some sustained pressure by the Bruins. Marco Sturm remains snakebitten.
16:25 1st period: Capitals 1-0
Tuukka Rask stops the puck. Caps winning just about every race.
9:38 1st period: Capitals 1-0
Jose Theodore robs Michael Ryder twice with pad stops. A little elevation on either shot and the game is tied.
7:36 1st period: Capitals 1-0
Goal under review. Nicklas Backstrom with the off-wing wrister that dribbles through Tuukka Rask, but unclear if Dennis Wideman swept the puck away before it crosses the line. Setup by Alex Ovechkin, who was staring down a Zdeno Chara body slam. Goal.
4:45 1st period: 0-0
Mark Recchi backchecks to lift up Brooks Laich's stick.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Dennis Seidenberg (wrist) and Shawn Thornton (upper body) are out. Trent Whitfield is the healthy scratch.