The Washington Times - January 27, 2009, 10:33PM

OK, who doesn’t want to see these two teams slug it out in the Eastern Conference finals? Seriously, that’s three pretty sweet hockey games the Caps and Bruins have produced, with this one tonight one of the better tilts of the season.

Here are some quick tidbits before I scamper back to the hotel and pray the pending snowstorm waits for me to get out of here in the morning:


*Alex Ovechkin is fine. A team official said he had a stinger and it was a problem for about 15 minutes. There appeared to be no sign of it impeding him in the third period or overtime.

“No,” Ovechkin said when asked if it was a scary moment. “It was just hockey moment – it is OK.”

* Jose Theodore was good, but Tim Thomas was really good tonight. The last goal was a tough one to lose on, but the chances of the Bruins scoring in the next 45 seconds were probably pretty high. Having Marc Savard and David Krejci down low and Zdeno Chara up high is a deadly combination in a 4-on-3 situation.

* Too many offensive zone penalties — the first three were all in the offensive zone. The Caps are having enough problems killing penalties to be putting themselves on the PK with those problems.

“Right now, we’re fragile killing penalties,”  Boudreau said. “The guys are trying so hard but things aren’t working – pucks are bouncing off skates. It seems like that happens once a game.”

* The power play struggled for the most part. The first one of the night looked great with plenty of shots and a Mike Green goal that was essentially a PP marker, but it was substandard after that. Bruce Boudreau said it was too cute most of the night.

* The Caps are now 2-0-1 against the Bruins, and clinched the tiebreaker should the two teams finish the season with the same number of points. It is certainly a longshot since Boston now has an 11-point on Washington.

“If they’re up by 11 points with only six games to play, we’re still going to try,” Boudreau said.

* Alex Ovechkin is now tied with Sidney Crosby for second in the league in scoring after collecting a secondary assist on Mike Green’s goal.

* Green is now one goal behind Nashville’s Shea Weber for most in the league by a rearguard. It was just his third even strength tally of the season — and it was only one second after Marc Savard’s penalty expired.

* Random stat of the night: Shawn Thornton’s goal ended a streak of exactly 207 minutes without the Caps yielding an even-strength goal.

* Finally, don’t look now but the surging New Jersey Devils are within one point of the Caps for second place in the Eastern Conference thanks to their 4-1 tonight against Ottawa.