Tom Wilson Lays Out Alex Ovechkin Accidentally

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  • Alex Ovechkin has been in the middle of a few big hits this weekend. Friday, he nailed Jonathan Drouin with a monster open-ice check, injuring the star forward. “It’s hockey… it’s not a ballet,” Ovechkin said afterward.
  • Saturday, during the second period of Caps-Bruins, Ovechkin was decked in neutral ice by Tom Wilson at full speed.
  • Wilson was actually trying to steal the puck from Sean Kuraly. As he curled, Wilson slammed into Ovechkin near the red line and both players went crashing to the ice.
  • Wilson was looked over briefly after the hit and returned with a tampon up his right nostril.
  • Other than that, both players were okay and laughed about it later.

Capitals rally, hand Bruins fifth loss in six games

  • T.J. Oshie scored in the final minute of regulation, and the Washington Capitals rallied for a 3-2 shootout win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Saturday.
  • Oshie, who also scored in the shootout, tied it 2-2 with 59 seconds remaining in the third period on a one-timer from the right circle with Braden Holtby pulled for the extra skater.
  • The Capitals (15-3-4), who were coming off a 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, are 12-1-2 in their past 15 games.

“I think it means we’re doing some things right,” Oshie said. “Obviously, we played most or all the game being down a goal, but we just stuck the course tonight, which was good to see. Obviously, a tough loss last night, we weren’t really going except for maybe a couple guys, so it’s nice to see us respond tonight and play to the very end, that’s what it took.”

  • Jakub Vrana scored the winner in the fifth round of the shootout, and Holtby made 21 saves.

“We have a lot of great shootout players, and you know I’ve been watching them and obviously learning from them,” Vrana said.

  • Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves for the Bruins (12-3-5), who are 1-2-3 in their past six games. Boston has lost all four of its games that have gone to a shootout this season, including three in the past week.

“He was our best player by far,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of Halak. “Disappointing that we couldn’t finish it because I thought our third period, we really bought into what we needed to do compared to the Florida game, for example (a 5-4 shootout loss Nov. 12). We didn’t give up much at all. … But I liked that we really backed [Halak] up in that third period, but in the first and second, yeah, he made a number of outstanding saves and again in the shootout.”

NHL Highlights | Capitals vs Bruins – Nov. 16, 2019

EXTRA NOTES

  • At the end of the first period, Tom Wilson came flying in to get at Brad Marchand after a small exchange between the feisty Boston Bruins forward and Michal Kempny behind the play.

  • Washington leads the NHL with 10 road wins. No other team has more than seven.
  • The Capitals have won their past eight games in Boston with their last loss coming March 6, 2014. …
  • Carlson has nine points (one goal, eight assists) during a six-game point streak. …
  • Bruins forward Paul Carey, who was called up from Providence of the AHL to replace Bergeron, played his 100th NHL game. …
  • Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, who missed his third straight game because of an upper-body injury, was placed on injured reserve before the game.
  • Boston has seven players on injured reserve. …
  • Coyle has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; WAS Capitals, BOS Bruins

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