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The Bruins had a comfortable lead in the Eastern Conference entering Saturday afternoon’s game against the Capitals. They still have a comfortable lead (eight points) over the Capitals, but they left Saturday’s contest with a bad taste in their mouth after a 4-3 overtime loss.
Alexander Semin scored on an 80-foot slapshot 22 seconds into overtime to give the Capitals their third win in four tries against the Bruins this season. Semin’s ridiculous fluke goal ruined a nice comeback by the Bruins, who were trailing 3-2 late in the third period.
Zdeno Chara scored with less than five minutes to go in the third period, tying the game on a Bruins power play. But, the B’s didn’t get a chance to carry their momentum in overtime after Semin’s goal got through Tim Thomas just seconds in.
“(Thomas has) given us too much to be worried about that,” Julien said. “Call it a lucky goal or a bad goal; we can call it what we want. But those are shots that shouldn’t go in.”
Thomas finished with 28 saves against 32 shots, including 15 third period saves to keep the Bruins afloat.
The Bruins never led in the game, but also never trailed by more than one. In the first, Nicklas Backstrom scored his 17th, and Matt Hunwick answered less than two minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. Alexander Ovechkin scored his 45th goal in the second period, but the Caps couldn’t hold the lead as Phil Kessel answered with his 26th goal just 18 seconds later.
Tomas Fleischmann scored his 17th goal early in the third period, and the Capitals held the lead for more than 10 minutes until Chara’s tying goal late in regulation.
The Bruins will get a chance to bounce back Tuesday against the Flyers.