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The Capitals opened a 3-0 lead on second-period goals by Ovechkin and Ward. Similar to his first score of the game, Ovechkin one-timed a blistering shot over the right shoulder of Rask inside the far post from the left circle for his milestone point.

Ward stole a puck near the blue line from defenseman Johnny Boychuk, broke in alone and shifted to his backhand before tucking a shot behind Rask for an unassisted score midway into the period.

The Bruins cut it to 3-1 on Bergeron’s power-play goal 41 seconds later when he snapped off a shot from the slot that beat Holtby inside the left post.

Thornton’s centering pass was inadvertently tipped past Holtby by defenseman Mike Green as he was skating hard to the net battling for position with Bruins forward Gregory Campbell at 17:32. The goal was originally credited to Campbell, but changed early in the third.

But the Capitals made it 4-2 when Fehr scored on a clean breakaway midway into the third. He poked the puck into an open area near center ice from his own blue line, skated in on Rask and beat him between the pads.

Holtby made a key pad save on Chris Kelly’s breakaway bid while his team was on a power play with 3:06 to play.

Washington led 1-0 after one on Ovechkin’s first goal. He one-timed John Carlson’s pass from the left circle inside the far post at 18:39.

The Capitals held Boston to one shot on goal when they were short-handed for a full two minutes after Jay Beagle was called for holding and Tom Wilson high-sticking during the delayed penalty early in the first period.

“That was a big kill for us,” Holtby said. “I didn’t know it was a 5-on-3 until I looked up on the faceoff. The guys made some big plays. I think one or two shots got through.”

NOTES: Capitals RW Martin Erat, who had to leave Thursday’s game after injuring his left foot, tried to skate during pregame warmups but came off quickly and was not in the lineup. … Washington C Mikhail Grabovski was also out after re-injuring his left ankle Thursday. … It was the first of three meetings between the teams. … Nicklas Backstrom collected an assist on Ovechkin’s first goal to pass Peter Bondra for seventh place on the club’s all-time list with 354 assists. … It was the second game since the Olympic break for both teams. … Boston faces the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. … Washington’s entered the game with the league’s second-best power play.