Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Alexander Ovechkin scored two power-play goals while Joel Ward provided the game-winner as the Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-2, Saturday at TD Garden.
With his two-goal tally, Ovechkin now has 43 goals overall and a League-leading 17 power-play goals while the Capitals (29-23-9) extended their winning streak to four games.
Eric Fehr also scored while Braden Holtby stopped 36 of 38 shots for the Capitals, who have won five of their past six against the Bruins.
The Bruins and Capitals will meet two more times in March, including a rematch at TD Garden Thursday.
Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton scored while Tuukka Rask finished with 27 saves as the Bruins (37-18-5) lost in regulation for the first time in six games.
Ovechkin cashed in on the Capitals’ second power-play opportunity of the game with his first career goal against Rask.
With Boston forward Chris Kelly off for interference, Ovechkin set up in his favorite spot near the top of the left circle and beat Rask with a one-timer at 18:39 of the first period for a 1-0 lead.
Another Washington power play early in the second period led to another Ovechkin goal and a 2-0 Capitals lead at 2:24.
At 10:14, Ward put the Capitals ahead 3-0. Ward stole the puck from Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk at the Bruins’ blue line and then beat Rask with a backhand after he split the defense.
Boston started its comeback on the power play as Patrice Bergeron scored on a one-timer from the right hash mark that beat Holtby high at 10:54.
The Bruins’ fourth line then trimmed the Capitals’ lead to 3-2. Shawn Thornton’s centering pass intended for Gregory Campbell deflected off Capitals defenseman Mike Green for a goal at 17:32.