Swayman helps Bruins defeat Capitals


WASHINGTON — Jeremy Swayman won a second straight start to begin his NHL career, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2 at Capital One Arena on Thursday.

Swayman made 31 saves. He made 40 in his NHL debut, a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Brad Marchand scored a shorthanded goal and had an assist for the Bruins (21-10-6), who are 3-0-1 in their past four games.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 266th power-play goal, passing Brett Hull for No. 2 in NHL history behind Dave Andreychuk (274), and T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for the Capitals (25-11-4), who have lost four of six. John Carlson had two assists, and Ilya Samsonov made 28 saves. 

Ovechkin reached 20 goals for the 16th consecutive season.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead 33 seconds into the first period when Jeremy Lauzon‘s shot from the left point trickled behind Samsonov and over the goal line.

Swayman stopped Garnet Hathaway on a breakaway at 9:20 of the period.

Anton Blidh made it 2-0 at 16:02. Washington defenseman Justin Schultz attempted to send the puck behind the Capitals net, but it took a strange bounce toward the front of the net, and Blidh was there to tuck it in.

Marchand increased the lead to 3-0 at 4:09 of the second period. He entered the zone on a 2-on-1 with Patrice Bergeron, eluded the sliding Schultz, crossed the slot and scored on a backhand for his second shorthanded goal in two games. 

Washington took advantage of an extended 5-on-3 power play to score twice in a 19-second span of the period.

With Blidh already off for a double minor, Jakub Zboril was called for interference at 10:04. Ovechkin scored on a one-timer from the top of the left face-off circle to cut it to 3-1 at 10:08, and Oshie scored on a one-timer from the left circle to make it 3-2 at 10:27.

Craig Smith made it 4-2 with a power-play goal from the right circle at 16:55 of the third period.

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