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March 06. 2014 10:16PM

Rask stops 16 shots as B's blank Caps


Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Banknorth Garden. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins, getting only token resistance from the Washington Capitals, cruised to their third straight victory on Thursday night.

Tuukka Rask turned aside only 16 shots to beat the Caps for the first time in his career and post his sixth shutout of the season and the 22nd of his career in a 3-0 Bruins win.

Center Gregory Campbell and right winger Loui Eriksson both scored their seventh goals of the season in the second period of a penalty-free game — and left winger Brad Marchand added an empty net goal to close the scoring with 1:34 left. It was Marchand’s 21st goal of the season.

For Campbell, the Bruins’ fourth-line center, it was his fourth goal in four games — after having scored one in the previous 30.

The Caps, short-handed because of injuries and suspension and having played and lost a physical game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, played their fourth game in six days and lost their third straight since beating the Bruins 4-2 last Saturday.In short, Washington was dreadful. The Caps were finally decent in the third period, when Alex Ovechkin failed to convert from right in front of Rask -- but they still managed only eight shots in the period.Rask had been 0-3 with a 3.54 goals-against average against Washington. Meanwhile, Caps goaltender Braden Holtby lost for the first time in five regular-season decisions against Boston. He faced 42 shots and made several sparkling saves.

Ovechkin, who had nine shots on goal and two power-play goals in the Washington win last weekend, had just one shot on goal Thursday night.

The Capitals were about to get whistled for a penalty when the Bruins scored with the extra man 3:05 into the second period. Campbell tipped home fellow center Patrice Bergeron’s shot.

The Bruins remained in control through the rest of the period, with center Carl Soderberg setting up Eriksson in front. Eriksson, returning from a one-game absence with a heel infection, got away from the check of right winger Eric Fehr and scored his first goal in his last 10 games.


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