BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Third

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking the Canadiens by a wild 8-6 score after 60 minutes of playoff-style hockey at the TD Garden.1)Brad Marchand doing his thing tonight. Starting fights and driving the Canadiens to the point of distraction with his antics, and that prompted two Canadiens including P.K. Subban to go after him on a rush up the ice and set up Michael Ryder for Bostons seventh goal of the night. Marchand was a huge factor in tonights game.2)Anybody who wonders why Claude Julien and the Bruins coaches have so much faith in Michael Ryder need only watch a tape of tonights game for proof. Ryder shows up in big games and knows how to score goals when hes playing with somebody that can get him the puck in the right places. 3)Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand both factors on the second power play unit in their first game playing with the man advantage. Playing gritty, screening the goalie and paying the price to score goals on a team that doesnt have enough flashy players on the man advantage. Thats the only way its going in until the Bs get a true power play quarterback.4)A goal, four assists and a plus-4 for Nathan Horton along with five shots on net, but also a pair of penalties that led to power play goals for Montreal. Horton never makes it easy to dissect his games, does he?5)Bruins continue to look like they A) understand how they need to play once the playoff arrives and B) have the kind of team thats going to be a handful in the wide open Eastern Conference. Its painful watching this team on the power play, but watch out if they land a power play quarterback like Tomas Kaberle.6) Another line brawl in the final 40 seconds with Shawn Thornton and Johnny Boychuk handing out beatdowns to a pair of Habs, and the Bruins making a very loud statement about what's coming for the final few months of the season. This was the game of the season and a defining moment for the Bruins.

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.