Backstrom helps Caps win 14th straight over Bruins, 4-2

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BOSTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom scored within the third interval after lacking a recreation, serving to the Washington Capitals win their 14th straight over the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory Thursday evening.

Backstrom, who sat out Wednesday’s recreation towards Philadelphia with an sickness, glided in to the Bruins’ zone and ripped a left-circle wrister previous Jaroslav Halak for the go-ahead purpose with 14:14 remaining.

Alexander Ovechkin netted his NHL-leading 31st and 32nd objectives of the season, and likewise had the spotlight hit of the sport when he despatched Zdeno Chara — the NHL’s tallest participant ever at 6-foot-9 — flipping head over heels into the Capitals’ bench on a shove late within the first interval.

The TD Backyard crowd gasped, however play continued and there was no instant on-ice retaliation. The Bruins captain tumbled again onto the ice shortly and rejoined the play.

Jakub Vrana additionally had a purpose for the Capitals, whose streak towards the Bruins dates to March 29, 2014.

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Ryan Donato and David Krejci every had objectives for Boston. The Bruins suffered a season-opening 7-Zero blowout loss at Washington on Oct. three when the Capitals celebrated final season’s Stanley Cup title.

Braden Holtby made 39 saves, bettering to 12-0-Zero towards Boston throughout the Capitals’ streak, and 16-2 in his profession towards the Bruins.

Halak had 18 saves for Boston, which had its five-game win streak snapped.

Washington led 1-Zero after the primary interval regardless of being outshot 17-5. T.J. Oshie grabbed a giveaway by the Bruins and flipped the puck from the Capitals’ finish to a wide-open Vrana, who beat Halak with 13:22 to play.

Tensions boiled over within the second when Washington’s Lars Eller and Boston’s Brad Marchand obtained twisted up throughout a play. Eller, whose celebration in entrance of the Boston bench after scoring the Capitals’ seventh purpose within the opener drew postgame criticism from Marchand, was despatched to the penalty field for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Donato tied it at 1 with 5:49 to play within the second. However, Ovechkin quieted the TD Backyard crowd 39 seconds later when he transformed after a feed from behind the online to make it 2-1.

Krejci ripped the tying power-play purpose previous Holtby from the correct circle with 15:23 remaining within the third.

Ovechkin scored into an empty internet with 1:35 left to seal the victory.

NOTES: Bruins D Charlie McAvoy missed his seventh straight recreation with a foot an infection. He participated absolutely in Wednesday’s apply and will return for Saturday’s recreation towards Toronto. … Washington D John Carlson, born in close by Natick, Massachusetts, celebrated his 29th birthday. … Boston introduced a partnership with the Boston Pleasure of the Nationwide Girls’s Hockey League staff on Thursday. The Bruins are the fourth NHL franchise to accomplice with a NWHL staff.

UP NEXT

Capitals: Host Columbus on Saturday evening.

Bruins: Go to the Maple Leafs on Saturday evening.

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