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Caps upend Bruins, win 3-2 in shootout

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Caps upend Bruins, win 3-2 in shootout

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.

Sale gets strikeout No. 300 as Red Sox shut out O's, 9-0

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Sale gets strikeout No. 300 as Red Sox shut out O's, 9-0

BALTIMORE - Chris Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Boston Red Sox moved to the brink of clinching a playoff berth by beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Sale (17-7) reached the milestone on his last pitch, a called third strike against Ryan Flaherty to end the eighth inning. The last AL pitcher to fan 300 batters in a season was Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999, when he set a club record with 313.

Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for the Red Sox, who reduced their magic number for reaching the postseason to one. If the Angels lost to Cleveland later Wednesday night, Boston would be assured no worse than a wild-card spot in the AL playoffs.

The Red Sox, of course, would prefer to enter as AL East champions. They hold a three-game lead over the second-place Yankees with 10 games left.

After winning two straight 11-inning games over the skidding Orioles, Boston jumped to a 6-0 lead in the fifth and coasted to its 11th win in 14 games.

Sale notches his 300th strikeout of the season

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Sale notches his 300th strikeout of the season

BALTIMORE — One of the greatest seasons for a pitcher in Red Sox history saw a milestone toppled Wednesday night. 

In a dominant start vs. the Orioles at Camden Yards, Chris Sale became the first American League pitcher this century to strike out 300 batters in a season. He also put himself in striking distance of the Red Sox single-season record for Ks, 313.

Sale is the 14th different pitcher since 1920 to reach the 300 mark. The only other pitcher to do so in a Red Sox uniform was Pedro Martinez, who set the club record of 313 in 1999.

Sale was at 12 strikeouts and 99 pitches through seven innings Wednesday night with the Sox ahead 6-0. The offense added two more runs in the top of the inning, prompting Sox manager John Farrell to warm up righty Austin Maddox.

But Sale nonetheless took the mound. The first two batters of the inning grounded out. On a 2-2 pitch to the left-handed hitting Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a front-door slider that caught Flaherty looking. It was his 111th pitch of the night.

Sale has two more scheduled starts, although he may only make one more. 

His final appearance of the regular season projects to be Game No. 162 against the Astros. If the Sox have the American League East wrapped up, Sale could well be held out of that game. 

The Sox and Astros meet for four games to end the regular season at Fenway Park, and may be first-round opponents if the Indians maintain the best record in the AL and therefore home field advantage.

The last time a pitcher in either league struck out 300 was 2015, when Clayton Kershaw did so for the Dodgers.

Sale was in line for his 17th win Wednesday, tying his career high.