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They were able to gain one precious point from Monday’s game in Washington, but the Bruins couldn’t seal the deal in overtime against the league’s best team, losing on a Brooks Laich power play goal not even a minute into the extra period, falling to the Caps 3-2 at Verizon Center.
Dennis Wideman, who scored the team’s first goal of the night, was ultimately the culprit in overtime, getting called for a high sticking penalty just 24 seconds in. Just 20 seconds later, it was Laich’s goal that helped Washington add to its league-leading total of 116 points.
The Caps took an early lead midway through the first on a Nicklas Backstrom snap shot that trickled through Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. After Wideman’s game-tying goal in the final two seconds of the first period, the game went to the first intermission knotted at one.
Boston earned their first lead of the game on a pretty goal by team points leader Patrice Bergeron, who took a Milan Lucic pass in stride, then threw a deke on Caps goalie Jose Theodore to tuck the puck in for a 2-1 advantage. But similar to Wideman’s last minute goal in the first, Washington evened the score in the final minute of the second, as former Bruin Mike Knuble took an Alex Ovechkin pass and jammed it past Rask for the Caps’ second goal of the night.
The final 20 minutes of regulation offered up exciting scoring chances for both teams, but neither squad could break through. It wasn’t long into overtime, however, that the better team on the night ultimately prevailed, with Laich wristing one that lit the final lamp of the night, giving Washington a hard-earned overtime win on home ice.
On the bright side, the one point earned by Boston does give them sole possession of seventh place in the East at 85 points, a point behind Montreal for sixth, a point ahead of Philadelphia for eighth, and a three-point advantage over the New York Rangers, who currently sit in the ninth spot.
Just three games remain for the Black and Gold in the regular season, beginning Thursday at TD Garden against Northeast Division-leading Buffalo. The B’s will round out their season with a back-to-back set of games, hosting Carolina in the home finale, followed by a trip back to the nation’s capital to face this very same Washington team.