Cup may be empty for Kampfer, Hnidy

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Cup may be empty for Kampfer, Hnidy

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
Marc Savard will get his name on the Stanley Cup after his season was cut short by another terrible concussion in January against the Colorado Avalanche, but fellow teammates Steve Kampfer and Shane Hnidy might not be so lucky.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that hed been in contact via phone with league officials about Savards status, and his longstanding contributions to the Bruins along with his grievous injury made it a pretty cut-and-dry decision to include No. 91 on the chalice.

They have their criteria. I spoke with Jim Gregory and Colin Campbell about the contribution to the team in general and his level of play, said Chiarelli. I dont know if they had anything set in stone, but they basically agreed with it and told me that hed be on the Cup.

Chiarelli said he hadnt heard anything definitive on the status of either Kampfer or Hnidy, but hed know about both by the end of the week. Things, however, don't look quite as promising for those two as it does for Savard.

Kampfer came up just short in terms of the 41 games played required by NHL rules, and neither Hnidy nor Kampfer appeared in any Stanley Cup Final games, which would have automatically qualified them for Cup inclusion.

Hnidy only played in a handful of games after signing in February, but did fill in when Chara missed a game against Montreal due to the serve dehydration that struck him midway through the Canadiens series.

Im going to know about Kampfer and Hnidy shortly, said Chiarelli. Ive had discussions with them, but those are tougher arguments, unfortunately. Ill know that by the end of the week.

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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.