Washington, DC -- The Boston Bruins met the Washington Capitals Sunday afternoon in Washington. Christobal Huet made 39 saves during regulation and two more in the shootout to earn the victory. Boston's Chuck Kobasew scored Boston's goal.
The Boston Bruins, fresh off an exciting win over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday in the Hub of Hockey, hopped a plane late yesterday and arrived in Washington looking to defend their seventh place playoff standing.
Veteran B's forward Glen Murray, well into his second stint as a Bruin, suited up for his 1000th NHL game. He, and the rest of the Boston NHL contingent, surely looked to garner a measure of revenge for the one sided affair that occurred during the B's last visit to DC.
With just under two minutes gone in the first, Boston goalie Alex Auld made his first save of the game versus the purveyor of much of the punishment on that day, Alex Ovechkin.
But after a bit of back and forth play, Auld made an even bigger save just after the eight minute mark when a whistling slapper found its way into the safety of his chest protector.
Washington's Christobal Huet, now wearing a mask designed to match his Capitals uniform as opposed to the Montreal styled mask of his previous club, followed suit when he stopped Milan Lucic at 19:28.
Auld had to be sharp again at the 14-minute mark as he stopped Ovechkin when the Caps put a flurry up against the B's, but the Boston backstop was up to the task and kept the score 0-0.
But at 18:42 Sergei Fedorov scored through a crowd on a 5-on-3 to put the Caps up 1-0 going into the break.
It was his first goal since joining Washington.
Boston tested Huet early in the second, when Marco Sturm put a one-timer on net, but Huet smothered that and several subsequent attempts.
In what was beginning to look like a goaltending battle, Auld had to make some tough stops of his own just after the six-minute mark and then at 7:03 when he stopped Fedorov on a shorthanded breakaway.
Former Bruin, Milan Jurcina caught Dennis Wideman high with his stick and was given four minutes in the box at 9:06 and Chuck Kobasew (now riding a three-game goal streak) took advantage of the man-advantage when he beat Huet at 10:13. Assists went to Lucic and Matt Lashoff.
Despite the tie score, the momentum of the game seemed to shift to Boston, and the Black & Gold continued to pour shots on Huet.
But it was Auld who may have made the biggest save of the period when he stopped Ovechkin on a turnaround at 16:25.
Later, and with a Bruin in the box, Auld stopped Fedorov with a pad save at 17:30 and remained strong through the remainder of the Caps power play and the second period.
The third period started slowly, but the final twenty continued the goaltending battle, with both Auld and Huet having to stop several chances each.
And the action became much more intense as the goalies traded point blank saves.
At 13:47 Ovechkin got tangled with Mark Stuart, and it looked for a second as if there would be a Capitals power play. But Ovechkin was called for a dive and the teams would play four-on-four for two minutes.
With a little over five minutes left in the game Auld beat Alexander Semin with his right pad and blocker to keep the game tied, 1-1.
Just seconds later, Huet stopped one of yesterday's heroes, Andrew Ference when he had a clear lane for a shot.
As they had through all of regulation, both goalies stopped the remainder of the shots they saw through the sixtieth minute and forced overtime.
The overtime passed without much incident until Auld stopped Mike Green with 35 seconds remaining in the contest.
Auld's save sent the game to a shootout.
But Semin and Kozlov scored, and Huet stopped both shots he saw in the penalty shot contest.