Capitals 3, Bruins 2

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


WASHINGTON -- It looks like the Boston Bruins' quest for the Northeast Division title is going to come down to their final game of the regular season on Sunday night against the Ottawa Senators.
Capitals forward Eric Fehr completed a three-goal comeback when he scored 3:23 into overtime to give Washington a 3-2 win over the Bruins on Saturday night at the Verizon Center.
With the loss, the Bruins fell from the second seed in the Eastern Conference standings to the fourth. They will need a win over the Senators on Sunday to clinch the division and reclaim the No. 2 seed for the playoffs.
The Capitals (27-18-3) finished as the Southeast Division champions and will have the third seed when the playoffs begin.
Mike Green scored two power-play goals in the third period to send the game into overtime and his shot off the shoulder of Tuukka Rask led to Fehr's winner.
Fehr also scored the overtime winner the last time the two teams met in Washington on March 5. That score completed a four-goal comeback.
Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference each found the back of the net for the Bruins.
Alex Ovechkin picked up two assists and became the first NHL player to win his third Rocket Richard Trophy as the league's leading goal scorer with 32. Ovechkin's closest rival was Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, who was held without a goal in the Lightning's season finale and finished with 29 goals.
Trailing 2-0 after 40 minutes, the Capitals turned the game around on power-play goals by Green less than two minutes apart in the third period.
With Boston defenseman Adam McQuiad in the box for tripping Jason Chimera, Green snapped a rising shot over the right shoulder of Rask for his 11th goal of the season.
Sixty-one seconds later, Rich Peverley went off for tripping Green and the Caps' 27-year-old defenseman made the Bruins pay again, this time drilling a low, hard shot past Rask. The goal was Green's 12th of the season, most among NHL defensemen, and gave him 10 goals and eight assists in 18 games since returning from a groin injury.
The Bruins had taken a 2-0 lead on goals by Milan Lucic and Ference.
In a fast-paced first period that had just six whistle stoppages, the Bruins grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the period on Lucic's seventh goal of the season. David Krejci beat Washington's Mike Ribeiro on a faceoff and Lucic snapped a shot that caromed off the inside of defenseman Karl Alzner's skate and past Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby.
Ference gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead with 7:49 gone in the second period on a strong rush up the ice. Lucic gained the offensive zone and fed the puck to Peverley, who dropped it to Ference for a blast that beat Holtby low glove side. It was Ference's fourth goal of the season.
NOTES: Bruins right winger Jaromir Jagr, who played parts of two seasons in Washington, remained in Boston with the flu. His spot on the third line was taken by Kaspars Daugavins. ... The Capitals were without right winger Joel Ward (left knee contusion) for the ninth straight game. He's expected to be cleared for the playoff opener. ... The Capitals entered their final game with the NHL's top-ranked power play (25.8 percent). The Bruins entered the game with the league's top penalty kill (88.5 percent). ... Boston center Patrice Bergeron entered the game leading the NHL with a faceoff winning percentage of 61.8. ... In the past two seasons, the Bruins are 42-19-3 in games in which they have had a fight. No one dropped the gloves Saturday night.