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Ovechkin-less Capitals best Bruins 5-3

Jan 24, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

Mathieu Perreault, Marcus Johansson AP

The 2012 All-Star Game will miss Alex Ovechkin‘s presence, but so far, the Washington Capitals are managing without him.

They managed to beat the mighty Boston Bruins 5-3 in the first contest of their captain’s three-game suspension. Mathieu Perrault nearly doubled his season total of goals to seven by scoring three tonight, including the game-winner:

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It’s pretty impressive that the Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green-less Capitals managed to beat the defending champions, even with Tuukka Rask in place of Tim Thomas.

This is a nice way for the Capitals to head into the All-Star break, especially after the Florida Panthers fell to the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout. Both teams are tied with 55 points but Washington has 26 wins to Florida’s 22. (The Panthers are subsisting on “charity points,” by the way. They’ve lost 11 games in shootouts or overtime and have six shootout victories.)

The Capitals will play two more games without Ovi after the break, including a significant contest against the Panthers in Florida on Feb. 1. If they can keep their heads above water while their captain stews because of that suspension, then this team could very well take control of the lowly Southeast Division.

  1. drummer2177 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I was there; it was an excellent game. The Bruins had more shots on goal, were more physical, and seemed to have the game in hand after they scored first.

    As the crowd went insane, something happened. The Caps came alive and kicked the crap out of the Charra lead Bruins. I was hoping to see Charra fight though……

  2. Jeff - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Glad the Caps won.

  3. iluvwikileaks - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    I usually don’t root for the Caps. But, I love this! The unAmerican traitor to our country got his @$$ hung out! Hey, Timmy?! YOU SUCK!!! HA!

    • back2backbees - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      loving wikileaks makes you the traitor fool!

  4. ikillchicken - Jan 25, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    “even with Tuukka Rask in place of Tim Thomas.”

    Why did they sit Tomas? Is he extending his boycott to all of Washington? Lol.

  5. dcfan4life - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I watched the game and the Capitals had a fire in them after the first period. Knuble had a chance at 3 goals himself. Hopefully this sparks a run after the allstar break to near the top of the East where i believe the Caps belong.

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