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Bruins will have to wait to clinch playoff spot after shootout loss to Capitals

03.29.12 at 9:44 pm ET
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The Bruins climbed their way out of a 2-0 hole in the third period Thursday to earn a point before falling to the Capitals, 3-2, in a shootout. Brooks Laich broke a 2-2 tie in the shootout in the fourth round, giving the Capitals the win. The one point was not enough to clinch a playoff spot for the Bruins.

Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored shootout goals for the B’s, while Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored for Washington prior to Laich’s game-winner.

Former Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman broke a scoreless tie 7:59 into the third period to give the Capitals the lead, and Marcus Johansson made it 2-0 less than two minutes later. David Krejci tipped a Zdeno Chara shot from the point with 3:10 remaining. Then, Andrew Ference tied the game with 1:16 left.

The Bruins lost Adam McQuaid early on after the defenseman was hit from behind and into the boards by Capitals forward Jason Chimera at 14:00 of the first period. McQuaid left the game holding his face and did not return, while Chimera was given a five-minute major for charging as well as a game misconduct.

Capitals starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who was making his return from a groin injury, left the game late in the first period. He was replaced by Michal Neuvirth, who stopped everything but Krejci’s goal the rest of the way.

The Bruins will head to New York this weekend to face the Islanders Saturday and the Rangers Sunday.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

- Losing McQuaid would obviously not be optimal for the Bruins. They were already playing without Dennis Seideneberg because of an infected cut on his right leg, though Claude Julien said prior to the game that the team was being cautious with the German blueliner and that he was day-to-day. Luckily for the Bruins, they do have a good amount of depth on the back end, with Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau available to step in if need be.

- Brian Rolston’s point streak ended at seven games. The third-line forward had three goals and nine assists over that span.

- The Bruins didn’t manage much on the five-minute major that followed Chimera’s hit on McQuaid, and that proved to be Boston’s only power play of the game. Each team went 0-for-1 on the man advantage Thursday night.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

- For the first two periods, Thomas was having an incredibly easy night — the Capitals had only two shots on goal in the first period and added seven more in the second period. Thomas averaged only five shots against over his previous eight periods at TD Garden. The bad part of that is that the Capitals finally woke up in the third period, and Thomas wasn’t able to stop them.

- Krejci had a hand in both Bruins’ third-period goals, tipping Chara’s shot to make it a one-goal game and keeping the puck in the zone to create the sequence that led to Ference’s game-tying goal.

- Seguin did not take a minor penalty after taking four in his previous three games.

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