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Fortunate bounce off Wideman gives Caps a 3-2 lead

02.28.09 at 2:57 pm ET
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17:40: Power play score for Thomas Fleischmann — with David Krejci off for hooking — as he carried the puck in the corner and flipped it toward the front of the net. The biscuit bounced off Dennis Wideman’s left skate and ricocheted right past Tim Thomas.

15:30: Two great saves on a breakaway bid by Eric Fehr, with Thomas closing up the pads on the initial five hole attempt, and then dropping into a butterful fly split to kick away the rebound attempt. I shudder to think what would happen if I attempted a move like that.

12:45: Great shift for the Krejci/Wheeler/Ryder line, which has really bounced back to midseason form. Krejci hit the left post with a shot from all alone in the slot with a wide open net on the first attempt, and then flipped it just over the crossbar on a rebound of a Blake Wheeler bid just seconds later. The effort did draw a cross-checking penalty from Washington’s Matt Bradley.

10:58: Great individual PK work by Alexander Semin allows him to break in for a one man rush, and induces Dennis Wideman into a hooking penalty that wipes out Boston’s PP and will put the electric Capitals power play unit back on the ice.

8:58: The Black and Gold did everything but score on their powe play attempt. Chuck Kobasew, Patrice Bergeron, Dennis Wideman among others had great scoring bids, the Theodore and collapsing Caps PK were able to withstand the barrage.

5:08: An interference call on Nicklas Backstrom amidst some heavy Bruins pressure will give the Black and Gold at least one more PP attempt while still down a goal.

4:37: A great shot fake and then dish from Patrice Bergeron at the high point set up a Zdeno Chara blast from the left faceoff circle that beat Theodore on the short side. A big power play strike for the B’s in the waning moments. The timely goal is the 100th of Big Z’s career.

The Capitals and Bruins are tied at 3-3 with 3:20 left to go in the third period of an excellent playoff-atmosphere style game at the TD Banknorth Garden.

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