WSH Washington Capitals 4
Washington Capitals Capitals Overall (27-16)
ATS (22-20)
O/U (21-18-3)
January 10 2019
- SNE
BOS Boston Bruins 2
Boston Bruins Bruins Overall (25-19)
ATS (19-25)
O/U (15-25-4)
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Puck Line ATS
123
2409 Washington Capitals +120 Under -115 (+1.5) -215 Cover: 3.5
112
2410 Boston Bruins -140 Over -105 (-1.5) +185 Total: Push
011
Final
Money Line Total: 6 Spread ATS
2409 WSH +120 Under: -115 (+1.5) -215 Cover: 3.5
2410 BOS -140 Over: -105 (-1.5) +185 Total: Push
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
1/10/2019
10:27 AM
BOS
-140
WSH
+120
1/10/2019
9:06 AM
BOS
-135
WSH
+115
1/9/2019
8:24 PM
BOS
-140
WSH
+120
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
1/10/2019
10:27 AM
BOS(-1.5)
+185
WSH
-215
1/10/2019
9:06 AM
BOS(-1.5)
+185
WSH
-215
1/9/2019
8:24 PM
BOS(-1.5)
+185
WSH
-215
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
1/10/2019
10:27 AM
6
-105
6
-115
1/10/2019
9:06 AM
6
-105
6
-115
1/9/2019
8:24 PM
6
-105
6
-115
Recap

BOSTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom is a believer in puck luck, something the Capitals have had plenty of against the Bruins in recent years.

Backstrom and his teammates had luck on their side again Thursday night as he scored the third-period winner to help Washington win its 14th straight over the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory.

"Sometimes hockey isn't fair," Backstrom said after the Capitals won despite being outshot 41-22. "Even if they win the shots, we got the win. It's weird sometimes."

Backstrom, who sat out Wednesday's game against Philadelphia with an illness, glided in to the Bruins' zone and ripped a left-circle wrister past Jaroslav Halak for the go-ahead goal with 14:14 remaining.

Alexander Ovechkin netted his NHL-leading 31st and 32nd goals of the season, and also had the highlight hit of the game when he sent Zdeno Chara — the NHL's tallest player ever at 6-foot-9 — flipping head over heels into the Capitals' bench on a shove late in the first period.

The TD Garden crowd gasped, but play continued and there was no immediate on-ice retaliation. The Bruins captain tumbled back onto the ice quickly and rejoined the play.

Ovechkin declined to speak with reporters after the game about the hit.

Jakub Vrana also had a goal for the Capitals, whose streak against the Bruins dates to March 29, 2014.

"Didn't happen again against this team. Have to get over that hurdle," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "A lot of nights that would be good enough for points, if not two points, but not tonight."

Ryan Donato and David Krejci each had goals for Boston. The Bruins suffered a season-opening 7-0 blowout loss at Washington on Oct. 3 when the Capitals celebrated last season's Stanley Cup title.

"That was a different night, but at the same time you know they're always coming out hard at home," Backstrom said. "I feel like they're way more physical at home than maybe on the road."

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

"I didn't make a save on the third goal. That's the bottom line," Halak said. "I got outplayed by their goalie, and you know, they got a win, so we just need to be better."

Washington led 1-0 after the first period despite being outshot 17-5. T.J. Oshie grabbed a giveaway by the Bruins and flipped the puck from the Capitals' end to a wide-open Vrana, who beat Halak with 13:22 to play.

Tensions boiled over in the second when Washington's Lars Eller and Boston's Brad Marchand got tangled up during a play. Eller, whose celebration in front of the Boston bench after scoring the Capitals' seventh goal in the opener drew postgame criticism from Marchand, was sent to the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Donato tied it at 1 with 5:49 to play in the second. But, Ovechkin quieted the TD Garden crowd 39 seconds later when he converted after a feed from behind the net to make it 2-1.

Krejci ripped the tying power-play goal past Holtby from the right circle with 15:23 remaining in the third.

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

NOTES: Bruins D Charlie McAvoy missed his seventh straight game with a foot infection. He participated fully in Wednesday's practice and could return for Saturday's game against Toronto. ... Washington D John Carlson, born in nearby Natick, Massachusetts, celebrated his 29th birthday. ... Boston announced a partnership with the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League team on Thursday. The Bruins are the fourth NHL franchise to partner with a NWHL team.

UP NEXT

Capitals: Host Columbus on Saturday night.

Bruins: Visit the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

___

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Matchup
Capitals Overall
W/L 27-16
ATS 22-20
Goals For 3.6
Goals Against 2.9
Total 21-18-3
Capitals Away
W/L 14-8
ATS 13-9
Goals For 3.5
Goals Against 3.1
Total 11-10-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
1-10
6:00 PM
at Bruins W 4-2 W (1.5) T (6)
1-8
6:30 PM
Flyers W 5-3 W (-1.5) O (6)
1-6
4:00 PM
at Red Wings W 3-2 L (-1.5) U (6)
1-4
7:00 PM
at Stars L 2-1 W (1.5) U (6)
1-3
7:00 PM
at Blues L 5-2 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-31
11:30 AM
Predators L 6-3
12-29
6:00 PM
at Senators W 3-2 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-27
6:00 PM
Hurricanes W 3-1 W (-1.5) U (6)
12-22
6:00 PM
at Senators W 4-0 W (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-21
6:00 PM
Sabres W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 3.0
Avg. Goals Against 2.4
ATS 5-4
Over/Under 2-6-1
Bruins Overall
W/L 25-19
ATS 19-25
Goals For 2.9
Goals Against 2.6
Total 15-25-4
Bruins Home
W/L 16-6
ATS 12-10
Goals For 3.6
Goals Against 2.4
Total 9-10-3
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
1-10
6:00 PM
Capitals L 4-2 L (-1.5) T (6)
1-8
6:00 PM
Wild W 4-0 W (-1.5) U (5.5)
1-5
6:00 PM
Sabres W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (5.5)
1-3
6:00 PM
Flames W 6-4 W (-1.5) O (6)
1-1
12:00 PM
at Blackhawks W 4-2 W (-1.5) T (6)
12-29
6:00 PM
at Sabres W 3-2 L (-1.5) U (5.5)
12-27
6:00 PM
Devils L 5-2 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-23
4:00 PM
at Hurricanes L 5-3 L (-1.5) O (5.5)
12-22
12:00 PM
Predators W 5-2 W (-1.5) O (5.5)
12-20
6:00 PM
Ducks W 3-1 W (-1.5) U (5.5)
Avg. Goals For 3.4
Avg. Goals Against 2.6
ATS 5-5
Over/Under 4-4-2
Game Summary
1st Period
WSH 18:09 Penalty to Jonas Siegenthaler 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Brad Marchand)
WSH 13:22 GOAL scored by Jakub Vrana assisted by T.J. OshieWSH 1 BOS 0
WSH 5:47 Penalty to Michal Kempny 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Brad Marchand)
2nd Period
BOS 14:50 Penalty to Patrice Bergeron 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Jakub Vrana)
WSH 12:17 Penalty to Lars Eller 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Drawn by Brad Marchand)
BOS 9:03 Penalty to Brandon Carlo 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Alex Ovechkin)
BOS 5:49 GOAL scored by Ryan Donato assisted by Torey Krug and Jakob Forsbacka KarlssonWSH 1 BOS 1
WSH 5:10 GOAL scored by Alex Ovechkin assisted by Tom WilsonWSH 2 BOS 1
WSH 00:08 Penalty to Brett Connolly 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by Torey Krug)
3rd Period
WSH 16:02 Penalty to Capitals 2 minutes for Too Many Men on the Ice (Served by Alex Ovechkin)
BOS 15:23 Power play - GOAL scored by David Krejci assisted by Danton Heinen and David BackesWSH 2 BOS 2
WSH 14:14 GOAL scored by Nicklas Backstrom assisted by T.J. Oshie and Jonas SiegenthalerWSH 3 BOS 2
WSH 1:35 GOAL scored by Alex Ovechkin (Empty Net)WSH 4 BOS 2
Box Score
Capitals
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Brett Connolly (RW) 000002:0012:07
Nic Dowd (C) 000110:006:58
Tom Wilson (RW) 011220:0023:28
Alex Ovechkin (LW) 202510:0020:58
T.J. Oshie (RW) 022310:0014:49
Lars Eller (C) 000112:0015:16
Travis Boyd (C) 000100:0011:28
Devante Smith-Pelly (RW) 000110:009:19
Evgeny Kuznetsov (C) 000000:0020:01
Nicklas Backstrom (C) 101100:0016:32
Chandler Stephenson (C) 000110:009:22
Jakub Vrana (LW) 101300:0014:09

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
John Carlson (D) 000020:0026:55
Matt Niskanen (D) 000110:0020:09
Brooks Orpik (D) 000020:0018:52
Jonas Siegenthaler (D) 011102:0013:29
Michal Kempny (D) 000052:0020:28
Dmitry Orlov (D) 000100:0017:25

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Pheonix Copley (G) 0/00.000
Braden Holtby (G) 39/412.951WIN
Bruins
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Patrice Bergeron (C) 000402:0020:43
David Pastrnak (RW) 000610:0021:38
Danton Heinen (C) 011100:0012:28
Brad Marchand (LW) 000200:0023:01
Jake DeBrusk (LW) 000400:0013:00
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (RW) 011000:0011:22
Sean Kuraly (C) 000400:0014:08
Noel Acciari (C) 000200:0012:38
David Krejci (C) 101200:0015:59
David Backes (RW) 011000:0012:41
Ryan Donato (C) 101700:0015:28
Chris Wagner (RW) 000100:0012:54

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Kevan Miller (D) 000010:0017:36
Brandon Carlo (D) 000002:0018:48
Zdeno Chara (D) 000330:0019:49
John Moore (D) 000010:0016:04
Matt Grzelcyk (D) 000310:0019:19
Torey Krug (D) 011200:0019:59

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Jaroslav Halak (G) 18/213.857LOSS
Tuukka Rask (G) 0/00.000
Officials
Linesmen Michel Cormier
Linesmen Kory Nagy
Referee Francois St Laurent
Referee Jake Brenk