Although there would be no scoring left through most of the third period in last night’s Washington Capitals 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins, there was still plenty of action left to be seen. Sparked by a scuffle in the corner against the boards, Shawn Thornton and John Erskine threw some heavy blows before heading to the box. The high volume fight certainly won the crowd over, but Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin took the majority of the recognition for Washington’s victory.
The two-time defending NHL MVP notched two goals, one assist and a Boston Bruins team left in awe of his talents. “If you give him too much time to shoot, he will make you look bad,” Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman said. “He is the hardest-working and hardest-hitting superstar in the league. He is the Rafael Nadal of hockey, and (Sidney) Crosby is (Roger) Federer.”
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas allowed four plus goals in just nine of his last 54 games over the course of the 2008-2009 season. Patrice Bergeron avoided the shutout with a goal assisted by Steve Begin and Mark Stuart with 12:04 left in the third. The B’s will next host the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Garden this Saturday at 7:00 pm.
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