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Washington at Boston

Thomas stops 31 shots for Bruins to pick up first shutout this season

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BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara shadowed Washignton's Alexander Ovechkin all night.

Outscored him, too.

Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots for his first shutout this season, Marc Savard broke a scoreless tie in the second period and the Bruins -- behind Chara's lead -- throttled Ovechkin in a 2-0 victory over the Capitals on Thursday.

"You see what Z does for us back there," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "We're always pairing him up against guys like Ovechkin."

Besides keeping the high-scoring Ovechkin off the scoresheet, Chara added a power-play goal in the third period for Boston, which has won two straight following a six-game losing streak.

Ovechkin, second in the NHL with 30 goals, had a seven-game point streak snapped and was held without a point for just the seventh time this season. He had four goals and three assists in his previous two games, and at least one point in 23 of his past 25.

"Most terrible game of the season for us. We don't move. We don't shoot the puck. We were sleeping tonight -- everybody," Ovechkin said. "Only Olie (Kolzig) played well. I don't know what happened to us."

Washington, coming off a home-and-home sweep of Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa, lost in regulation for the first time in six games.

Chara logged 26½ minutes of ice time, much of it while Ovechkin was on the ice.

"He stays out there for a long time, but we have to play our game," Chara said. "I do my job for maybe 45 seconds and if he decides to stay out there we have someone else that can do the job."

Savard hustled out of the penalty box to grab a loose puck in the corner, sending a pass to Glen Metropolit in the slot. Savard then circled out front, fired a shot and scored off his own rebound for his first goal in nine games to make it 1-0 at 13:35 of the second.

Chara beat Kolzig with a slap shot from the left point while Boston was skating on a two-man advantage with exactly 10 minutes left.

Washington pulled Kolzig with a power play and 2:19 to play.

Boston held Ovechkin without a shot on goal in the opening period, but he had an excellent chance in the second when he fired a wrister from the slot that clanged off the left post 1:52 into the period.

"Luck," he muttered.

Thomas, who recorded his fifth career shutout, stopped Ovechkin on a pair of rebounds with just under 12 minutes to play. The first came off Nicklas Backstrom's shot from the right circle.

"You have to give (Thomas) credit," Washington center Michael Nylander said. "He played a great game."

Donald Brashear had a partial breakaway late in the second, but fired the puck into Thomas' pads.

The best chance of the opening period came when Tomas Fleischmann broke in alone, but Thomas made a right pad save.

Notes

  • Bruins D Shane Hnidy, acquired from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and a 2008 sixth-round draft choice on Wednesday, wore No. 34 and was in the starting lineup.
  • Boston sent D Matt Hunwick down to its AHL team in Providence before the game.
  • The Bruins won all four meetings last season in overtime, three in shootouts.
  • Seven of the last nine games between the clubs went to OT.
  • Washington D Mike Green got a double minor for high-sticking and cutting Boston's Milan Lucic in the third.
  • Washington RW Alexander Semin and D Tom Poti each missed the game with injuries sustained in the previous game.
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Glen Metropolit congratulates Tim Thomas after the goalie's outstanding game. (AP)
Glen Metropolit congratulates Tim Thomas after the goalie's outstanding game. (AP)
Scoreboard
Washington (16-20-5)0000
Boston  (20-16-4) «0112
Three Stars
T. Thomas
BOS


Saves: 31
Save Pct.: 1.000
Z. Chara
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
G. Metropolit
BOS


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
13:35Marc Savard (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Glen Metropolit, Zdeno Chara
3RD PERIOD
10:00Power Play - Zdeno Chara (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Marco Sturm, Glen Metropolit
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:38Erskine, 5 min, Fighting
02:38Lucic, 5 min, Fighting
15:21Wideman, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
2ND PERIOD
03:47Laich, 2 min, High-Sticking
11:24Savard, 2 min, Hooking
15:17Schaefer, 2 min, Roughing
15:17Erskine, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
09:24Green, 4 min, High-Sticking
09:24Kozlov, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
17:41Chara, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Washington1113731
Boston129930
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Olaf Kolzig57:41282
Tim Thomas59:58310
Game Information
Attendance - 12240
Referees - Wes McCauley, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Tim Nowak
 
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