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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)
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.
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.
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.