March 29, 2012; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) celebrates a goal in front of Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) during the third period at TD Banknorth Garden. Washington won 3-2 in a shoot-out. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Capitals 3, Bruins 2 (SO): Laich Nets Shootout Goal, Gives Caps Win Over B's

Brooks Laich scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Washington Captials topped the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Thursday night at TD Garden. Boston would later clinch a playoff spot on Friday night for the fifth straight year.

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Was Jason Chimera's Hit On Adam McQuaid Dirty?

In the Boston Bruins' 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, Washington's Jason Chimera laid a big hit on Boston's Adam McQuaid behind the Bruins' net. Chimera was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct penalty for the hit. Chimera will face no further discipline from the NHL. Should he have been suspended for the hit as well?

Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti of 98.5 discussed the hit and what they thought they appropriate punishment should be on Friday.


The fact that McQuaid turned at the last moment was a mitigating factor in determining whether or not Chimera deserved extra discipline, though the two agreed it would have been possible to suspend him for the hit.

Felger and Massarotti also said that Chimera's hit was a "dirty play," whether or not it merited a suspension.

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Final Score: B's Come Back Late, But Fall In Shootout, 3-2

It turned out better than most fans could have predicted late in the third period, but it still resulted in a Bruins 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals at TD Garden on Thursday night.

Both Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, but unfortunately for Boston, Matt Hendricks, Alexandre Semin and Brooks Laich also scored for the Capitals and the Bruins were sent off the ice, with neither a win nor a confirmed playoff spot.

After two periods of tedious hockey play where each team seemed to lack any sort of edge over the other, the third period exploded with excitement, and four goals spanned between both teams.

However, it wasn't that easy.

7:59 into the period, Bruins favorite scapegoat Dennis Wideman found a way past Thomas who only saw 23 total shots (not including the shootout), to put the Capitals on the board. Wideman was wide open in the slot and used a total screen to his advantage and netted his 11th goal of the season. Thomas noted that he didn't even see the puck at all during the shot.

"No. I didn’t see it at all," Thomas said. "I mean, a lot of times you don’t get a clear picture, you don’t really see it but you still see like something, a blur or something out of the corner of your eye, and I didn’t see anything on that one. It was just – I did feel it, it brushed off me here [right arm] and then brushed off my hip, too."

Just under two minutes later, the Capitals struck again when Marcus Johansson helped lead a two-on-one with Alex Ovechkin and put another one past the Bruins netminder, giving them a 2-0 lead with just over half the period to go.

While things looked a bit grim for the B's, who had already lost Adam McQuaid to a huge charge from Jason Chimera in the first period, they were injected with a new sense of excitement when, at 16:50, David Krejci redirected Chara's shot from the blueline and put it through with enough time to try it again.

And, unlike many times in the season when it seems too little too late, they did it again.

Andrew Ference score 1:54 later, and with 1:16 left to go in the game to tie it up and send it to overtime.

"There was half a period left, and our guys, you know, battled back," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said about the effort in the third period. "And if we could get one goal, again, that would certainly give us the energy that we needed, and we found that goal, and from there on in, we seemed to have a little bit more energy and excitement to our game. And again, for as tough a night as it was, it’s at least nice to see that when you’re down 2-0, you’re capable of coming back and at least salvaging a point."

Heading into overtime, neither team was able to capitalize in the extra frame and it went to the shootout where ultimately Brooks Laich was able to seal the two points for Washington.

The Bruins will travel to New York to play the Islanders on Saturday, and have just five more games left in the regular season. With only one point tonight, they did not clinch a playoff spot yet, but will have the opportunity to do so again on Saturday.


Final - 3.29.2012 1 2 3 OT SO Total
Washington Capitals 0 0 2 0 1 0 3
Boston Bruins 0 0 2 0 0 0 2

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Bruins Vs. Capitals Score Update: B's Take Shot Lead, Still 0-0 After Forty Minutes

Through two periods of play the Bruins still sit scoreless with the Capitals heading into the third period.

Milan Lucic returned to the ice after tending to his leg from a Zdeno Chara shot earlier in the first period, but Adam McQuaid did not return and will not be coming back for the remainder of the game. McQuaid has had a history of head injuries and concussions.

Meanwhile, both teams did make the second period a bit more exciting, adding significant shot totals to the books. Tim Thomas has only had to make nine saves through two periods, while Michal Neuvirth stopped all eight he faced.

This is only the third game this season that the Bruins have gone into the third period scoreless with their opponent, and they are 0-2-0 when they do so. However, they also have outscored their opponents 98-60 in the third period alone.

Brian Rolston is currently on a seven-game point streak and has been quiet so far this game, though his line has had some opportunities down in the Capitals zone.




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Bruins Vs. Capitals Score Update: McQuaid Injured, B's Remain Scoreless After First

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid left late in the first period after being checked awkwardly into the boards by Washington forward Jason Chimera behind Tim Thomas. Chimera was assessed a five-minute major charging penalty and a game misconduct. The Bruins were unable to convert on the power play that resulted, and the Bruins will now skate with just five defensemen for the remainder of the game.

The rest of the period was utterly uninspiring. There were only a total of nine shots in the period, seven of which belonged to the Bruins. But neither team really got rolling and the scoring chances weren't really there for much of the period.

Brad Marchand had the best opportunity early in the period, taking a Chara rebound and trying to pick a corner, but shooting too high over the net.

While the B's spent the majority of the first playing against goaltender Tomas Vokoun, with less than two minutes to go, he was replaced with Michal Neuvirth. Vokoun has been out with a groin injury, and looked as though he could have tweaked it again.

Meanwhile, Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin picked up just under four minutes of ice time and has just one shot on goal. Though, that is one of the two the entire team has as a whole.




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Bruins Vs. Capitals Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location

Event: Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins
Date/Time: Thursday, March 29th, 2012 - 7 p.m. EST.
Location: TD Garden (17,565) Boston, MA
Broadcast Info: Thursday's game between the Bruins and the Senators will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.

Last Time Out: The Bruins got a three-assist effort from captain Zdeno Chara as they ousted the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 5-2 margin for their first three-game winning streak in three months.

Meanwhile, Washington stumbled in a big game against Buffalo, allowing Ryan Miller his 14th win in the team's last 18 games, losing 5-1.

Storyline: Washington is 2-1 against Boston this year, having played well in each of the two teams' three encounters. But the Capitals, who are fighting to get into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, need this one more than ever.

On the other side of the ice, Boston clinches a playoff berth with a point in any fashion tonight, but they'd rather have two, especially with games remaining against the Rangers, Penguins, Senators and hot Sabres.


Players To Watch: Rich Peverley notched an empty net goal at the end of Tuesday's win, and has looked strong since returning from a knee injury on Sunday. Joe Corvo also gets his first start in two weeks after Dennis Seidenberg was ruled out with a leg infection.

Prediction: Boston has just three games left at home this regular season, and wants to start building some momentum to carry over into the playoffs. They've been playing improved hockey lately, and there's little reason to believe that they can't keep that going tonight. Boston 4, Washington 2.


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Bruins Vs. Capitals: B's Inch Closer to Home-Ice Advantage

The Capitals are fighting for a playoff spot, while the Bruins are going for their fourth straight win tonight with just six games left to go in the season. Play kicks off at 7 p.m. at the TD Garden.

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