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.
In a good example of both strong reporting and stating the obvious, The Vertical’s Arian Wojnarowski wrote Wednesday that the Pacers are “gauging the trade market on All-Star forward Paul George.”
The only team mentioned in Wojnarowski’s piece as a suitor via trade is the Celtics. Wojnarowski writes that if the Pacers trade the 26-year-old George to Boston, they might be motivated to do it sooner to make sure the C’s don’t move those assets to Chicago for Jimmy Butler first.
The Pacers are working the trade deadline on parallel fronts: Pursuing deals that will bring talent into Indiana to sell George on signing a long-term extension -- and soliciting deal offers on George that would signal a rebuild around center Myles Turner, league sources told The Vertical.
Ultimately, the Pacers will have to evaluate the two paths and make a decision before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. There’s no urgency to make a deal for George, unless the Pacers fear the Boston Celtics could ultimately provide Indiana the best possible package of assets in a deal -- and think that option could disappear if Boston makes a deal with Chicago for Jimmy Butler.
A 6-foot-9 small forward, George is averaging 22.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season.
George’s contract expires after the 2017-18 season, which is also when Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart will be due for new contracts.
Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.
Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida.
Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility.
Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.