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Bruins Squander Early Lead Against Capitals, Lose 4-3 in OT

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The Washington Capitals rallied back from an early three goal deficit to beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3 in overtime in front of a sold out crowd at the Verizon Center. Eric Fehr capped off four unanswered goals for the Capitals with a spectacular goal while falling down and beating two Bruins defensemen. The goal, his fifth of the season, came 37 seconds into the extra period. He also added two assists in the rematch of last year’s first round playoff bout.

The loss is the Bruins’ second straight, dropping Boston’s record to 14-3-3 on the year. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves in net but couldn’t protect the B’s 3-0 first period lead.

Brad Marchand was hooked on a shorthand breakaway by Alex Ovechkin, who received two other penalties, and was rewarded a penalty shot. Marchand then beat Capitals netminder Braden Holtby five hole to give Boston the early lead. The goal, Marchand’s 12th of the season, was his second penalty shot goal of the season. Late in the first period, the B’s would add two goals in 1:27 by defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton. Chara snapped a wrist shot off his own rebound down low to beat Holtby for his fourth goal of the 2013 campaign. Hamilton would add his third goal of the season 15 seconds into a power play from the point, off a questionable interference penalty on Ovechkin, to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

But in the second period, the Caps would add two of their own. After heavy pressure in the offensive zone, Mike Ribeiro found the puck in a scrum in front of the net and beat Rask for his eighth goal of the year. Minutes later, 23-year-old rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek scored his first NHL goal to cut the Capitals’ deficit to one.

The game would remain 3-2 throughout the third period untilĀ Wojtek Wolski beat Rask with a backhand shot to tie it up. Wolski’s third goal of the season came with just over six minutes to play in regulation. The Bruins had two odd man rush opportunities to add to their lead, but neither Tyler Seguin nor David Krejci could beat Holtby, who made 30 saves, for an insurance marker. The Bruins also had a power play opportunity thanks to another Ovechkin hooking penalty with 2:27 left in regulation, but could only muster two shots on net and couldn’t find the twine.

Fehr then burst through the Bruins defense, which seemed gassed and out of tempo, and beat Rask while falling down to end Boston’s night with a loss.

The Bruins will look to bounce back and end their losing streak against their Northeast rival Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night at the TD Garden. The puck drops at 7 PM.

About Jeff Miller - @JeMillz11

Graduate of Suffolk University with a BS in Broadcast Journalism. I love all the four major sports and have been a diehard Boston sports fan my whole life.

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