Bruins odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2012-13

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Bruins odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2012-13

The Bruins clearly like their chances with the players that won the Cup last year, and are sticking with vast majority of their Cup-winning nucleus aside from the Conn Smythe goalie that made off to Colorado.

But the odds-makers in Las Vegas arent quite to sure. According to the gambling site Bovada (www.Bovada.lv) the Bruins have only the ninth-most favorable odds to win the Stanley Cup next season. The Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers both sit at 14-to-1 shots to win the Cup next season after both teams bowed in the first couple rounds of this years playoffs.

The odds on favorite according to Bovada: the Pittsburgh Penguins are 7-to-1 favorites after getting bounced by the Flyers in the first round of this years playoffs in a bloody, hate-filled battle. The Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings sit second at 11-to-1 odds to go back-to-back next season, and the Blues, Canucks, Blackhawks, Red Wings and Rangers all rank as more likely to hoist the Cup than the Bruins.

Amazingly the New Jersey Devils sit just above the Toronto Maple Leafs with 30-to-1 odds of winning the Cup next season, but then again Zach Parise is not expected to return to Newark next season for a team that seemed to be the right one in the right place this postseason.

Here are the full odds provided by Brovada:

Pittsburgh Penguins 71
Los Angeles Kings 111
St. Louis Blues 121
Vancouver Canucks 121
Chicago Blackhawks 121
Detroit Red Wings 121
New York Rangers 121
Philadelphia Flyers 141
Boston Bruins 141
Nashville Predators 181
San Jose Sharks 221
Tampa Bay Lighting 251
Washington Capitals 251
Anaheim Ducks 251
Buffalo Sabres 251
New Jersey Devils 301
Toronto Maple Leafs 351
Florida Panthers 351
Colorado Avalanche 401
Dallas Stars 401
Ottawa Senators 401
Phoenix Coyotes 401
Winnipeg Jets 401
Calgary Flames 501
Carolina Hurricanes 501
Edmonton Oilers 601
Montreal Canadiens 601
Columbus Blue Jackets 751
Minnesota Wild 751
New York Islanders 751

Bruins rebound from 3-0 deficit but wind up losing to Caps in overtime

Bruins rebound from 3-0 deficit but wind up losing to Caps in overtime

WASHINGTON -- The Capitals didn't exactly end their overtime victory with a raucous celebration.

No, instead Washington held a players-only meeting, still salty over blowing a three-goal lead.

Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 to avert a disastrous defeat Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3-3.

Backstrom saved the day, but not the Capitals from feeling uneasy.

"In the second and third period they outplayed," Backstrom said. "We were lucky that we came up with two points. We're not satisfied at all. We're happy with the two points, but not the way we played."

The locker room remained closed for approximately 15 minutes after the win, Washington's second in a row after losing three straight.

"We had a little talking here," said T.J. Oshie, who returned to the lineup for the first time since injuring his shoulder on Nov. 18. "There are some things we've got to clean up. I think it's more of a mentality more than it is the systems or anything like that. ... Once we get a step up on someone, we have to get that mentality that we're going to finish them off."

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night. The Bruins outshot Washington 34-20.

"Hell of an effort. We got a big point for us. To comeback from 3-0 against Washington, it's not that easy," Pastrnak said. "Too bad we couldn't get the two points, but in this case the one point is huge for us."

Backstrom patiently waited on the right side before firing the winner past goaltender Tuukka Rask, who entered second in the league with a 1.68 goals-against average. Rask allowed three goals in his previous outing, too.

Williams had two goals over the first 24 games this season, but he matched that total less than eight minutes in against the Bruins. He redirected Kuznetsov's lofted centering pass past Rask for a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the first period.

"To be honest it's nice to see the puck go in the net," Williams said. "I've been pressing and working hard. Hopefully this can springboard me to some more production."

Matt Niskanen left with an upper-body injury and did not return. With the Caps down a defenseman, Boston outshot Washington 11-2 in the second period.

"In the second period, we just sort of sat back," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "It's hard to protect leads in the league."

The Capitals' second goal also occurred in front of the net. Williams emerged from a scramble with a shot that slithered under Rask.

NOTES: With his 673rd career win, Trotz passed Mike Keenan (672) for eighth place on the NHL's career wins list. ... Williams' first goal was the fastest for Washington since 2012. ... Boston assigned F Noel Acciari to the Providence Bruins two days after the 24-year forward returned to practice. Acciari injured his right leg on Nov. 7. ... Holtby improved to 10-2 career against the Bruins. His first career win came in relief against Boston in November 2010. ... The three-game season series resumes Feb. 1 in Washington.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Colorado on Thursday night.

Capitals: Play at Buffalo on Friday night.