BruinsKings: 5 from the Second

BruinsKings: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comLOS ANGELES Here are five thoughts from the second period of Bruins and Kings at the Staples Center with the Bs trailing Los Angeles by a 1-0 score after 40 minutes of play.1)A little more life for the Bruins in the second period, but still not much sustained offense. Claude Julien mixed up the lines again at the end of the period, and moved Michal Ryder up with David Krejci and Milan Lucic while Tyler Seguin was centering Nathan Horton and Blake Wheeler. 2)As expected some real struggles with the power play without Marc Savard there to help distribute and make plays. Bostons best chance was a Zdeno Chara one-timer from the right point that zinged off the outside of the left post with plenty of the net open to shoot at. Patrice Bergeron had frozen Jonathan Quick with a nice shot fake at the left point.3)It appears the LA Kings have adopted a game plan well see more and more of with Steve Kampfer: the Kings are hitting Kampfer hard every chance they can each time he handles the puck. Dustin Brown blasted him up high with a shoulder to the head area in the corner that shook Kampfer up, and slowed him down a little in a few shifts after that. The more success Kampfer has, the more hes going to be met with that punishing physicality.4)Dustin Brown with five hits as he is running around making himself a physical factor. Hes a pretty impressive player.5)Nine giveaways by the Bruins through the first couple of periods tonight thats not going to get it done managing the puck.6)Great job by the Staples Center organist tonight as hes played everything ranging from the Beatles I am the Walrus to the Cantina Band theme song from Star Wars. Thats quite a show of range.

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.