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Bruins Capitalize in overtime

Tuesday, 12.27.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Bruins Capitalize in overtime
By Jeremy Lemoine

Washington, D.C. - The Boston Bruins won in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night, beating the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime. After scoring two goals just 49 seconds apart to send the game into overtime, Brad Stuart one-timed a pass from Patrice Bergeron past Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig for the win. Marco Sturm, Glen Murray, and Sergei Samsonov each chipped in for the other Boston tallies.

"For most of the game, we didn't seem to have a whole lot going our way, but we kept working hard and tried to work for our chances," said defenseman Brad Stuart. "If you stick with it for 60 minutes, a lot of times you get rewarded. That was the case for us tonight.

"(Bergeron) made a great pass to me there and it was kind of an open net for me, I just put it in. It was a great play."

In the first period, the Bruins poured on the pressure and outshot the Capitals 17-2 in a scoreless period. The Bruins best chance to score came when Sergei Samsonov dangled his way past three defenders before firing a shot off of Kolzig's pad.

Washington's Mathieu Biron snapped the scoreless tie at 9:41 of the second period. On the power play, Biron collected the puck at the point and sent a slapper off the post and into the net for a 1-0 Caps' lead and his fourth goal of the year.

Six minutes later, Boston tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Glen Murray at 15:42. Murray scooped up a Marco Sturm rebound and swept it home for his 13th of the season. David Tanabe was credited with the other helper.

Chris Clark quickly put the Capitals on top again, when he scored a shorthanded goal one minute later. Clark entered the zone on the right side and wristed a routine shot in on Toivonen. The puck hit Toivonen's glove and slowly trickled into the net for Clark's eighth of the season.

The Caps took a 3-1 lead on beautiful goal by rookie phenom Alexander Ovechkin at 11:47 of the third period. Picking up a loose puck in his own end, Ovechkin raced down the ice and snapped the puck high, glove side past Toivonen for his 21st goal of the season.

Just 10 seconds after Ovechkin's goal, the B's quickly cut the lead to one on a goal by Marco Sturm. Glen Murray made a pass to Alex Zhamnov from behind the net. Zhamnov slid the puck across the crease to Sturm, who was able to shovel it home and cut the deficit to one goal.

49 seconds later, Sergei Samsonov received a pass from Patrice Bergeron and went in alone on Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig. Samsonov deked Kolzig to the backhand and scored his 15th goal of the season. The goal knotted the game at 3-3.

The two-goal outburst sent the game into overtime where the Bruins capped off their comeback, winning 4-3 on a one-timer by Brad Stuart at the top of the slot at 2:04 of the extra period. The goal was Stuart's fourth of the season and ninth career game-winning goal. Patrice Bergeron and Hal Gill picked up the assists.

Boston next faces off against the Florida Panthers tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in the second game of their three-game road trip. The Bruins are 2-0 against the Panthers thus far this season.

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