BOSTON -- At 2:56 of double overtime, Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom winged a shot through Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference that beat Tim Thomas, giving the Capitals a 2-1 win in Game 2 of the teams’ first-round playoff series at TD Garden Saturday.
The series is tied at 1-1.
“I just had time to yell ‘screen’ and then I think I picked it up about halfway to me, but it was one of those knuckle [shots],” Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said of the game-winning goal. “You can’t get a read on exactly where it’s going. It is what it was.”
The Capitals found their offensive legs midway through the first overtime, as Thomas had to make some of his better saves. None was better than the glove stop he made on Jay Beagle at 10:18 after the Capitals had trickled free down low.
David Krejci had the Bruins’ best overtime chance when he swerved around Karl Alzner and sliced through the slot. The Bruins eliminated a third-period deficit to force overtime for the second straight time in the series.
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