Boston
Bruins
35-41-6
Washington
Capitals
28-40-14
SO
35 SOG
35 SOG
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game recap

Bruins 3, Capitals 2, SO

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:19 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 3, Capitals 2, SO
Boston Bruins 3, Washington Capitals 2

WASHINGTON (AP) -Once the game went to a shootout, the Boston Bruins had everything stacked in their favor.

Tim Thomas had done very little work in goal over the previous 25 minutes and was feeling surprisingly fresh. Even more significant was the Washington Capitals' miserable record this season when the game extends past overtime.

Thomas stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout, and Patrice Bergeron scored the lone goal in the extra session to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

After Bergeron beat Olie Kolzig, Thomas snuffed a shot by Matt Pettinger to secure the victory and drop the Capitals to 0-4 in shootouts.

Thomas stopped 33 shots before foiling Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin and Pettinger in the shootout. Thomas was winless in two shootouts this season, but he faced only seven shots in the third period and one in overtime and thus felt unusually spry in the net.

"I've gone into some shootouts when I faced 15 shots in the third period and then six in the overtime," he said. "I was fresh. It might have helped me."

It might not have mattered how Thomas felt, because the Capitals have missed all 10 of their shootout attempts this season.

"Yeah, we'll score. It's just a matter of time," coach Glen Hanlon said. "I have the utmost confidence in Semin, Ovechkin and Pettinger. It's unproductive to sit in misery here and think it's never going to go our way."

It didn't happen against Thomas, who was also outstanding in the net during the 65 minutes that both teams were on the ice.

"He gave us a chance to win," said Bergeron, whose winner deflected off Kolzig's stick.

In the second period, the Capitals peppered Thomas with 17 shots but only scored once.

"I thought Timmy Thomas had his best game," coach Dave Lewis said.

The Bruins got first-period goals from Phil Kessel and Brad Stuart in their second road win in seven games.

Dainius Zubrus scored his 12th goal and Pettinger had a short-handed tally for the Capitals, who trailed 2-0 in the game's 15th minute. Kolzig had 33 saves, and Ovechkin and Semin each had an assist.

Washington had won two straight and four of five.

"When you get to the shootout, it's a roll of the dice," defenseman Brian Pothier said.

When the Capitals are involved, the roll is snake-eyes. Even Ovechkin was rendered powerless, despite crossing up Thomas with an unexpected backhander.

"I watched video of him earlier today and he kept going to the forehand," Thomas said. "He could have messed me up, but I figured one of these times he was going to try something different."

Boston took only seven shots in the first period, but two found the back of the net. Kessel and Stuart both scored within seconds of leaving the penalty box to make it 2-0. Kessel converted a breakaway at 6:36, and Stuart connected with a wrist shot from inside the blue line.

Marc Savard assisted on both goals, extending his point streak to seven games. He has 15 assists in 15 games.

Pettinger brought the Capitals to 2-1 with 4 minutes left in the first period, and Zubrus tied it with a power-play goal at 12:19 of the second. Zubrus was alone in the right circle when Ovechkin found him with a pass across the slot.

Notes: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spent the day with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and other team officials, part of Bettman's tour around the league. ... The shots were 35-35. Washington has not outshot its opponent since Oct. 14, against Atlanta. ... Stuart's goal was his first since April 11.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:36
BOS
Phil Kessel (4) Snap shot - ASST: Glen Murray (6), Marc Savard (14)
1 - 0 BOS
14:06
BOS
Brad Stuart (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marc Savard (15), Stanislav Chistov (1)
2 - 0 BOS
16:00
WSH
SHG - Matt Pettinger (4) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Bradley (5)
2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
12:19
WSH
PPG - Dainius Zubrus (12) Snap shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (10), Alexander Semin (9)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDWSHBOSTOTAL
1A. Semin
M. Sturm
0 - 0
2A. Ovechkin
P. Bergeron
0 - 1
3M. Pettinger
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
03:26
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Slashing against  Marco Sturm
04:30
BOS
Phil Kessel  Too many men/ice - bench
08:07
BOS
Brad Boyes  Hooking against  Shaone Morrisonn
11:49
BOS
Brad Stuart  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
14:09
WSH
Donald Brashear  Roughing against  Stanislav Chistov
2nd Period
00:28
BOS
Andrew Alberts  Holding against  Brian Sutherby
05:45
BOS
Marco Sturm  Tripping against  Alex Ovechkin
08:15
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Hooking against  Wayne Primeau
10:35
BOS
Stanislav Chistov  Interference against  Chris Clark
13:47
WSH
Jakub Klepis  Hooking against  Zdeno Chara
3rd Period
02:41
BOS
Paul Mara  Holding against  Chris Clark
04:53
WSH
Jakub Klepis  Interference against  Glen Murray
06:17
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:37
BOS
Glen Murray  Interference against  Boyd Gordon
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 33EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .943SH: 1 - 2
Olie Kolzig
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 33EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .943SH: 0 - 0