A back-and-forth first period finished with the Boston Bruins leading the Washington Capitals 2-1. Boston's David Krejci scored on the power-play with 3:14 remaining at the Verizon Center, and helped the Bruins earn an early advantage as they try to avoid having this best-of-seven series end.
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made eight saves, two of them coming late in the period at very close range, while Rich Peverley scored the game's first goal, 5:56 into the period, on a tip-in from a shot from Patrice Bergeron.
The lead didn't last long, however, as Washington's Mike Green answered about four minutes later.
Overall, the Bruins out-shot (11-10) and out-hit (22-11) the Capitals, who were 0-for-2 on the power play. Boston went 1-for-2 on the extra-man advantage.
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