BOSTON -- Brooks Laich scored the game-winning goal in Thursday night's shootout at the TD Garden to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win over the Bruins in a game that the B's just barely got a point.
The Bruins forced overtime -- and eventually a shootout -- with two goals in the final 3:10, which started with David Krejci's re-direction of a Zdeno Chara shot from the point that found the back of the net, cutting Washington's lead to 2-1.
Two minutes later, Andrew Ference's shot from the middle of the point hit Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth under the left arm and went in, tying the game at 2-2.
Former Bruin Dennis Wideman had initially given the Capitals a 1-0 lead after he beat Tim Thomas with a wrister from the high slot, after Marcus Johansson took the puck down to the right half-wall, turned around, and found Wideman wide open stepping into the high slot.
Johansson added a second Washington goal just two minutes later, after he finished a 2-on-1 with Alex Ovechkin, who came streaking down the left side of the ice with the puck and flipped a pass over Zdeno Chara's stick to Johansson for the one-timer.
Both teams were scoreless through two periods, as the Bruins held the advantage in shots at 15-9.
B's defenseman Adam McQuaid never returned for the second period -- or for the rest of the game -- after being hit into the boards at an awkward angle late in the first period by Capitals forward Jason Chimera.
McQuaid left the ice with team trainers holding a gauze pad on his head, and as a result of the hit behind the Boston net, Chimera was ejected from the game.
Chimera wasn't the only Capitals player to leave the game in the first period. Washington goaltender Tomas Vokoun left with an injury in the final minutes of the first, and Neuvirth finished the game.