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41-29-12
Washington
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43-31-8

27 SOG
34 SOG
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game recap

Capitals 10, Bruins 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 10, Bruins 2
Boston Bruins 2, Washington Capitals 10

WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin's slump is over.

After scoring one goal in his previous eight games, Ovechkin had a hat trick in the Washington Capitals' six-goal first period, and he finished with five points in the 10-2 victory over the Boston Bruins Monday.

Ovechkin hadn't scored in seven consecutive games before notching a goal in Saturday's 3-2 loss against Toronto. He broke loose against the Bruins with three goals and two assists to spark Washington, which jumped to a 6-0 lead on the way to a season-high 10 goals.

"Today, everything just went to the net," Ovechkin said. "You are going to score (in) lots of games, and some you (won't). I always tell myself not to think about goals and to just play how I can."

Ovechkin's three goals give him a league-leading 52 and made him the first to 50 in the NHL this season. He's the third player in franchise history to reach that mark twice, and this ties a career high.

He was credited with a fourth goal in the third period, but official scorers changed it later giving him an assist on Brooks Laich's power-play goal that made it 9-2.

Ovechkin's two assists gave him 38 on the season as Washington snapped Boston's six-game winning streak.

Ovechkin seemed more concerned the Capitals continue to play with the intensity they showed against Boston, especially since they're in the hunt for a playoff spot.

"Just wait, we have lots of games left, and one game can mean nothing," Ovechkin said. "We just have to continue to do what we did today, and try to play the same way on Wednesday."

Washington coach Bruce Boudreau was confident Ovechkin would get revved up again.

"When you go in an eight-game scoring slump, and you're that good, you're going to start scoring again," Boudreau said. "You just can't hold him back like you can't hold (Sidney) Crosby back and (Evgeni) Malkin back for any length of time. Those guys are good hockey players."

Ovechkin's linemate Nicklas Backstrom added three assists in the first period and scored once in the second period. Laich and Matt Bradley scored two goals apiece, and Eric Fehr added three assists.

The Capitals scored four power-play goals.

Newly acquired Matt Cooke got the big first period started by scoring his first goal with the Capitals 32 seconds into the game. Bradley and Laich also scored in the period.

Donald Brashear scored the other Washington goal.

Goalie Cristobal Huet earned his second win in two starts since the Capitals got him from Montreal last week, stopping 20 shots in two periods before coming out after suffering some mild back spasms.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas started and wound up being pulled twice, giving up seven goals, after often playing well against Ovechkin and the Capitals.

"It's really tough to take," Thomas said. "It was embarrassing. On the other hand, what's the difference? If you lost 3-2 or you lost like that, we're still in the playoffs as of now. You definitely should learn from it, but you can't get too far down."

Notes: Dennis Maruk and Peter Bondra are the two other Washington players to reach the 50-goal mark twice Backstrom's goal was his first since Jan. 17 Boston's Marco Sturm extended his point streak to eight games by scoring a second-period goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:32
WSH
Matt Cooke (8) ASST: Jeff Schultz (10), Matt Bradley (10)
1 - 0 WSH
06:18
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (50) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (44), Shaone Morrisonn (8)
2 - 0 WSH
07:08
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (51) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (45), Tom Poti (21)
3 - 0 WSH
08:29
WSH
Matt Bradley (4) ASST: Matt Cooke (10), David Steckel (7)
4 - 0 WSH
15:31
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (52) ASST: Alexander Semin (13), Nicklas Backstrom (46)
5 - 0 WSH
18:43
WSH
PPG - Brooks Laich (14) ASST: Viktor Kozlov (28), Eric Fehr (2)
6 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
00:36
BOS
PPG - Dennis Wideman (10) ASST: Marc Savard (60), Zdeno Chara (31)
6 - 1 WSH
07:50
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom (10) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (37), Tom Poti (22)
7 - 1 WSH
16:31
WSH
Donald Brashear (5) ASST: Eric Fehr (3), John Erskine (7)
8 - 1 WSH
17:03
BOS
Marco Sturm (23) ASST: Shane Hnidy (4), Glen Metropolit (19)
8 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
02:03
WSH
PPG - Brooks Laich (15) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (38), Eric Fehr (4)
9 - 2 WSH
18:15
WSH
PPG - Matt Bradley (5) ASST: Mike Green (26), Matt Cooke (11)
10 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
01:13
BOS
Dennis Wideman  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
03:35
WSH
Alexander Semin  Too many men on the ice
06:53
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Fighting against  Donald Brashear
06:53
WSH
Donald Brashear  Fighting against  Zdeno Chara
14:30
BOS
Glen Metropolit  Slashing against  Matt Cooke
16:52
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Matt Bradley
19:35
WSH
Matt Bradley  Hooking against  Glen Murray
2nd Period
03:27
BOS
Marc Savard  Slashing against  Viktor Kozlov
05:31
WSH
Mike Green  Boarding against  Zdeno Chara
07:52
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting against  Donald Brashear
07:52
WSH
Donald Brashear  Fighting against  Shawn Thornton
08:07
WSH
Matt Cooke  Boarding against  Dennis Wideman
18:18
WSH
John Erskine  Cross checking against  Vladimir Sobotka
3rd Period
00:29
BOS
Glen Metropolit  Holding against  David Steckel
09:24
WSH
Matt Bradley  Hooking against  Shawn Thornton
11:29
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Hooking against  P.J. Axelsson
16:09
BOS
Marc Savard  Roughing against  Jeff Schultz
17:25
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Slashing against  Eric Fehr
goalie stats
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 10TOI: 23:30
Saves: 7EV: 4 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 6
SV%: .700SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 24TOI: 36:30
Saves: 17EV: 10 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .708SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 5TOI: 18:51
Saves: 5EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Cristobal Huet
SA: 22TOI: 39:45
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0