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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Oh Dennis Wideman, you rascal

Even when he does good things like scoring a goal, Dennis Wideman still finds a way to trump that with an awful mistake.

It's kind of remarkable in a Rain Man type of way. Last night at the Verizon Center in DC, the Capitals won 3-2 in overtime over the Bruins thanks in large part to Wideman's high-sticking penalty 24 seconds into OT.

There's only three games left in the regular season so sadly last night's one point for the B's was vitally important. They're currently in seventh with 85 points, one point behind sixth-place Montreal and one ahead of eighth-place Philly.

From there, it took only twenty seconds for the Caps (52-15-12) to cash in as Alexander Semin's shot hit a wide open Brooks Laich in front of Boston's (36-30-13) net. Laich had enough time to settle the bouncing puck and pop it by B's goalie Tuukka Rask (27 seconds).

Just because the Bruins should have won this game doesn't make me feel any better about the beatdown they'll get from Washington should they meet in the playoffs.

Nicklas Backstrom gave Washington a 1-0 lead 7:36 into the first period from Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble.

Wideman tied it up with two seconds left in the first period with a screened blast from the point. Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron assisted.

Bergeron gave Boston a short-lived 2-1 lead in the second period with a pretty deke of Jose Theodore (28 saves). Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi assisted.

Knuble, the former Bruins great (or something like that) tied it with 29 seconds left in the second period. Ovechkin and Backstrom assisted on the goal.

Boston hosts Buffalo on Thursday night in what seems like the 20th meeting with the Sabres in the last month.

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