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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lars Eller made the perfect of his transfer again to heart, scoring the go-ahead purpose and aiding on one other to assist the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 Sunday and lengthen their successful streak to a few.
Eller was solely enjoying heart — his pure place — as a result of Nicklas Backstrom was scratched for what the staff known as “physique upkeep.” He’d performed the previous two on left wing after the emergence of Connor McMichael within the center.
With Eller as an vital a part of the rotation, Washington’s penalty kill was an ideal 4 of 4 in opposition to Boston’s energy play. Eller additionally assisted on Tom Wilson’s twenty third purpose of the season, a brand new profession excessive for the massive winger who has scored 4 instances in six video games and reached 50 factors for the primary time.
Alex Ovechkin scored his forty fifth purpose of the season and 775th of his NHL profession into an empty internet with 1.7 seconds left to seal it. The purpose was his ninth empty-netter of the season.
John Carlson additionally scored his third purpose in as many video games and Vitek Vanecek made 30 saves for Washington, which bounced again from permitting two objectives a minute aside. After beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the Capitals are inching nearer to their largest rivals and will quickly go them for third within the Metropolitan Division — which might imply avoiding the Jap Convention-leading Florida Panthers within the first spherical.
Boston, which can be jockeying for playoff positioning within the East, misplaced defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to an upper-body damage within the first interval. He tried to hit Washington’s Garnet Hathaway about eight minutes into the sport and appeared to injure his left arm or shoulder.
The banged-up Bruins had been already enjoying with out high proper winger David Pastrnak and commerce deadline acquisition Hampus Lindholm due to accidents. They acquired objectives from Curtis Lazar and Erik Haula and a handful of highlight-reel saves from Linus Ullmark amongst his 27, however the continuation of power-play woes meant the top of their two-game successful streak.
Boston completed its four-game highway journey 0 of 16 on the ability play.
NOTES: Conor Sheary returned to Washington’s lineup after a one-game absence due to sickness. … Josh Brown changed Connor Clifton on protection for Boston. … The Capitals held a second of silence for former Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who was killed Saturday in an auto accident.
Bruins: Open a three-game homestand Tuesday evening in opposition to the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of the 2019 Stanley Cup Last.
Capitals: Host the rival Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday evening.
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