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In a match-up of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins and Capitals played a tight game throughout, but the Caps emerged with a 2-1 victory thanks to an unassisted goal from Alexander Semin at 11:48 of the third period.
Marc Savard scored the only goal of the game for the B’s just 1:49 into the second period, but the Caps quickly answered with a goal of their own just a minute later and finished the scoring with Semin’s game-winning goal in the third.
Tim Thomas put in another strong game for the Bruins, stopping 28 of 30 shots, but took the loss as the team’s offense couldn’t get much by Caps goalie Jose Theodore. Fans may remember him from the embarrassing first round defeat against the eighth-seeded Canadiens in 2004. Theodore was brilliant at the end of that series, and was brilliant Saturday night as well.
Despite the Caps’ victory, Boston remains nine points ahead of Washington in the Eastern Conference standings. Montreal is 10 points back and the N.Y. Rangers are 12 points back.
The Bruins next play Monday afternoon against the St. Louis Blues.