BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the Second

BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDENVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Avalanche by a 4-1 score at Pepsi Center after 40 minutes of play in the Mile High City.1)Marc Savard took a hit to the head little more than three minutes into the second period when he and Matt Hunwick collided in the corner with Savard extended in an awkward position. Hunwick finished a clean check and Savard was rolling around on the ice in pain after the side of his head smacked into the dasher by the boards. Television replays apparently showed thatSavard might have beencrying with a towel up to his face as he skated off the ice to the dressing room, and he didnt return to the game. Not good. 2)Three points for Mark Recchi after his second period goal when Brad Marchand breaks out with the 42-year-old and feeds Recchi for a wide open score to give the Bs an insurance goal. The line of RecchiMarchandBergeron are rolling today, and look like theyll be together for a long, long time. Nine shots on net for the trio.3)With his first goal of the night, Recchi became the eighth Bruins skater to crack double-digits in goals scored this season with his 10th strike of the season. A little different from last season, eh?4)Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron both putting up a plus-3 after the first two periods. Some excellent hockey being played out there by each of them.5)The Avs are a good young team, but theyve got some real issues with their defensemen. They need to step it up a notch or two as a unit unless Craig Anderson is expected to do his best Tim Thomas impersonation behind a leaky Colorado defense.6)Two goals for Milan Lucic, who has responded in the best way possible from a very off game against Buffalo the last time out. Its looking like Lucic is getting his game back.

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead 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.

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.

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

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.