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After two overtime thrillers began the first round series between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, Game 3 followed suit with an exciting finish. But this one finished in regulation thanks to a big shot by Zdeno Chara that gave the Bruins a 4-3 win and a 2-1 lead in the series.
With under two minutes remaining in a game that seemed destined to continue the overtime trend in the series, Chara fired a long distance shot which appeared to deflect past Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, who had been stellar in the series to this point but was again matched by the efforts of Tim Thomas.
Thomas had 29 saves and the opportunity to preserve a 3-2 lead with about six minutes remaining, but Brooks Laich scored Washington’s third goal to tie the game. Their other goals came from Alexander Semin on the power play in the first period and Alex Ovechkin less than a minute into the second. The Bruins were playing catch up for the majority of the contest.
Rich Peverley scored the first Boston goal at the start of the second period to momentarily tie the game 1-1 until Ovechkin’s came seconds later. Later in the period Daniel Paille knotted things up again with a 2-2 score. Brian Rolston added the third goal for the B’s at the beginning of the third period.
The game was huge for the Bruins as it is a potential momentum builder in the series. They now have a 2-1 lead and they’ve proven victorious in Washington, where Game 4 will be held on Thursday.