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Bruins skate to 3-2 win

Monday, 01.23.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Bruins skate to 3-2 win
By Jeremy Lemoine

Washington, D.C. - Wayne Primeau scored two goals to help power the Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Monday night. The win extended the Bruins point streak to five games and snapped the Washington Capitals four-game winning streak. P.J. Axelsson shut down rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin and Tim Thomas made 22 saves to preserve the win for the B's.

"It feels good, but at the same time it feels better to get the win and get the two points," Primeau said. "We need them."

As one of the best defensive forwards in the game, P.J. Axelsson drew the unenviable task of shadowing the league's top rookie. Ovechkin entered the game leading the NHL in shots with 229, but was held to just two on the night.

"I had a little luck tonight I guess," said Axelsson on shutting down Ovechkin. "He hit the post at the end there. He got away from me a little bit. He's so skilled and fun to watch. We had to shut him down somehow and tonight we did it. It's really tough. He's a great player. It's not easy. They asked me to do it and I said sure. It was nice to get the two points tonight."

Boston outshot the Capitals 13-4 in the opening session and took an early 1-0 lead on Wayne Primeau's goal at 6:00. Working hard behind the net with Eric Nickulas, Primeau brought the puck out front and shot it past Capitals netminder Brent Johnson for his ninth of the season. Brad Isbister picked up the other assist.

At 12:29, the Bruins jumped up out to a 2-0 lead on Primeau's second goal of the night. Nick Boynton made a smart play at the blue line to keep the puck in the Washington zone and fired it on net where Primeau was able to redirect it past Johnson.

Boston extended their lead to 3-0 at 16:27 of the second on pure hustle. Brad Isbister dumped the puck in on what looked to be a routine play. Brad Boyes flew into the zone, beat a Capitals defenseman and kicked the puck to his backhand to beat Johnson for his 11th of the year.

Washington got one back before the end of the second period to make it 3-1. Matt Pettinger tipped a pass to the front of the net where Brian Willsie beat Thomas on the forehand.

At 2:51 of the third period, Capitals forward Brooks Laich scored his fifth of the season on a pass from linemate Matt Bradley to cut the Bruins lead to one.

Tim Thomas made a fantastic save with 1:40 left in the third period to preserve the 3-2 win. Ovechkin came down the left side and ripped a snap shot that clanged off the left post. Thomas, unsure of where the puck was, caught a glimpse of it at the last second and dove across the crease to save the rebound.

The Bruins will next play the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. (NESN). They will look for their fourth win in six games overall and fourth straight road win.

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