- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 16, 2006

Center Patrice Bergeron sliced a wrist shot into the net off Olie Kolzig’s left pad last night, propelling the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.

It was the Caps’ fourth straight shootout loss this season; no Cap has scored in the sudden-death segment so far during 2006-07. The win was the first in three tries for the Bruins.

Bergeron got the only goal of the shootout after a scoreless overtime. Caps Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin and Matt Pettinger tried and were turned aside by Boston goalie Tim Thomas.

Boston had a three-game winning streak going here, and for a while it appeared the Bruins would have no trouble extending it. Boston wasn’t dominating play, but the bounces were going its way.

For instance, the Bruins killed off a bench minor early in the first period, rookie Phil Kessel serving it, but the Caps failed to cover behind them as they tried to score from the Boston zone.

Veteran Glen Murray was watching and spotted Kessel coming out of the box unguarded and fed the puck ahead, Kessel picked it up in the neutral zone and had the fresh legs to beat the defenders to the slot, where he delivered a wrist shot up and over Kolzig’s left shoulder.

Later in the period, 17 seconds after Brad Stuart got out of the penalty box for hooking, a loose puck in the Caps’ defensive zone bounced over to him. He whacked a nasty slap shot into a two-man screen in front of Kolzig, and it was 2-0.

Washington started its comeback with four minutes left in the opening period while wing Donald Brashear was serving a roughing penalty. Matt Bradley intercepted a pass in the defensive zone and slapped it off the boards. Pettinger, who had five shorthanded goals last season, scooped up the puck as it came off the boards and came in on goalie Tim Thomas on a breakaway. He sliced a shot between the netminder’s legs, his fourth of the season and first shorthanded.

Washington’s second goal came on a power play 12:19 into the second period. Newcomer Stanislav Chistov was off for interference, and the Caps were working the puck around the perimeter. The puck came to Ovechkin down low, and he immediately ripped a pass out to Dainius Zubrus in the right circle. The big center drilled a one-timer into the lower right corner of the net for his 12th of the season; his 12th last season didn’t come until Jan. 29.

The game marked the fifth meeting between Ovechkin and defenseman Zdeno Chara, the 6-foot-8 giant for Boston. Last season when Chara was with Ottawa, he held Ovechkin to a goal and an assist in four games; last night Ovechkin added an assist to that total but nothing else. Ovechkin has called Chara the toughest defenseman he has ever faced.

Notes — Caps right wing Richard Zednik missed his sixth straight game with a wrist injury. He is listed as day-to-day but might be ready this week. When he does return, there will have to be a personnel move because the club will be one man over the 23-player limit. …

Forwards Kris Beech and Brooks Laich both missed their sixth straight as healthy scratches; defenseman Bryan Muir was out for the third straight time.


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