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Capitals hold off Bruins

Mar 10, 2012 - 11:35 PM
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals edged the Boston Bruins, 4-3.

Brooks Laich, Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle all scored for the Capitals, who have won their past two and with 74 points sit in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference and are just one point behind Florida for the top spot in the Southeast Division.

Tomas Vokoun turned aside 30 shots for the win.

Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist and Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic each lit the lamp for the Bruins, who had a two-game winning streak stopped, but will hold on to the top position in the Northeast Division and second overall in the conference.

Tim Thomas was tagged with all four goals on 30 shots in the loss.

The Caps took a 1-0 lead 7:50 into the contest after Semin snapped home a rebound from the right circle and Hendricks scored 25 seconds later on a rebound chance in front to make it a two-goal game.

"Those two goals right there were the difference today," said Washington head coach Dale Hunter. "Whenever you can score a couple in the first 10 minutes and hold the other guys off the board, that's half the battle right there."

Boston cut into its deficit with just 5.6 seconds showing on the first period clock after Patrice Bergeon won a faceoff at the left circle and Lucic quickly swept it in.

The Bruins then tied the game 4:58 into the second as Marchand skated in on a little break and slid the puck between the pads of Vokoun.

Washington, though, regained the lead with 8:38 to play in the second off a one-timer from Beagle in the slot off a feed from Semin.

It was a 4-2 game after a power-play goal from Washington that saw Laich redirect a Dennis Wideman pass in front of the net.

Boston got one with 3:13 to play thanks to a wrister from Boychuk, his fifth of the season, but was unable to net the equalizer.

"It's tough to play catch-up hockey in this league," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "That's what we've been having to do a lot of lately."

Game Notes

Boston hits the road for the next three games starting in Pittsburgh on Sunday...Washington welcomes Toronto for a Sunday contest...Washington has won two of three from Boston this season. The two will meet one last time in Boston on March 29...Washington was 1-for-3 on the power play while Boston went 0-for-2.