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Semin's OT goal stuns Bruins

Feb 28, 2009 - 10:35 PM
BOSTON (Ticker) -- A game between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference played with postseason intensity ended in stunning fashion.

Alexander Semin beat goaltender Tim Thomas on a 70-foot shot from outside the blue line just 22 seconds into overtime Saturday, giving the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.

"I think he was tired and threw the puck in the zone to go change, but it was a goal," said Washington's Alex Ovechkin, who scored his league-leading 45th goal. "It was good for us."

"Maybe he was going for a line change," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau added. "Nine times out of 10, he'll deke four guys before he shoots, so that's a blessing."

The Capitals (40-18-5), who think they can catch Boston for first overall in the East, climbed within eight points of the Bruins (42-12-9). Washington also won the season series against the Bruins, taking three of the four meetings.

"We still have 19 games, anything can happen," Ovechkin added. "Of course we want to be first. If you are first in conference or division it doesn't matter, you want to be in the Stanley Cup Finals."

The Capitals think they are getting into the Bruins' heads, something Boston coach Claude Julien disputes.

"These are two of the top teams in the conference," Julien said. "I've heard them say they think they are in our heads. They do a lot of talking.

"They're one-goal games, they could've gone either way. If anything, it's two good teams going at each other. But I don't think they scare us."

The Bruins did come away with a point as Zdeno Chara's power-play goal - the 100th of his career - with 4:37 remaining in the third period forced the overtime.

However, Semin's goal, his 24th of the season, left the Bruins and the crowd at the TD Banknorth Garden in disbelief.

Semin's rising drive from just outside the right blue line skipped in front of the net before bouncing underneath Thomas' pads and into the net.

"Call it a lucky goal, a bad goal," Julien said. "We can call it what we want, but it was a shot that shouldn't go in. It wasn't one of (Thomas') better outings. A couple of tough goals. It's like everything else. You take responsibility."

The Bruins erased a pair of one-goal deficits, tying the contest, 2-2, on Phil Kessel's 26th of the season 9:06 into the second period.

Kessel's goal came just 18 seconds after Ovechkin had given the Capitals a 2-1 lead.

Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Boston's Matt Hunwick traded goals in the first 5:03 of the opening period.

The Capitals grabbed their third lead on Tomas Fleischmann's power-play goal 2:20 into the third.

Jose Theodore held off the Bruins for most of the third period, recording 14 of his 34 saves. The Capitals killed off two power plays in the third before Chara tied it.

"We played really well," Chara said. "We were aggressive, we were forcing them to back off, and eventually we got rewarded when they started taking penalties."

Thomas, who was coming off a 6-0 win over Anaheim on Thursday, finished with 28 saves.

"Timmy also plays so many games so well for us, so you really can't blame him," Chara added. "Those things happen, and it's unfortunate."






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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    WASHINGTON 1 1 1 1 4
    BOSTON 1 1 1 0 3 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 17 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, MIKE
    GREEN) 3:36
    BOS - MATT HUNWICK 5 (MARC SAVARD, PHIL KESSEL) 5:03
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 45 (MATT BRADLEY, MILAN

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    WASHINGTON 4
    BOSTON 3
    OT: WAS - ALEXANDER SEMIN 24 (MIKE GREEN, JEFF SCHULTZ) 0:22

    Capitals 4, Bruins 3  End of OTFeb 28 3:32 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    WASHINGTON 1 1 1 3
    BOSTON 1 1 1 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 17 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, MIKE
    GREEN) 3:36
    BOS - MATT HUNWICK 5 (MARC SAVARD, PHIL KESSEL) 5:03
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 45 (MATT BRADLEY, MILAN JURCINA) 8:48
    BOS - PHIL KES

    Feb 28 3:29 PM
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    WASHINGTON 3
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    3RD PRD: BOS - (PP) ZDENO CHARA 15 (PATRICE BERGERON, MARC SAVARD)
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    WASHINGTON 3
    BOSTON 2
    3RD PRD: WAS - (PP) TOMAS FLEISCHMANN 17 (TOM POTI, BROOKS LAICH) 2:20

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    WASHINGTON 1 1 2
    BOSTON 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 17 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, MIKE
    GREEN) 3:36
    BOS - MATT HUNWICK 5 (MARC SAVARD, PHIL KESSEL) 5:03
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 45 (MATT BRADLEY, MILAN JURCINA) 8:48
    BOS - PHIL KESSE

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    WASHINGTON 2
    BOSTON 2
    2ND PRD: BOS - PHIL KESSEL 26 (MARC SAVARD, MATT HUNWICK) 9:06

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    WASHINGTON 2
    BOSTON 1
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 45 (MATT BRADLEY, MILAN JURCINA) 8:48

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    WASHINGTON 1 1
    BOSTON 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 17 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, MIKE
    GREEN) 3:36
    BOS - MATT HUNWICK 5 (MARC SAVARD, PHIL KESSEL) 5:03
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    1ST PRD: BOS - MATT HUNWICK 5 (MARC SAVARD, PHIL KESSEL) 5:03

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    WASHINGTON 1
    BOSTON 0
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 17 (ALEXANDER SEMIN, MIKE GREEN)
    3:36

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