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    WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin recorded a pair of assists in a feisty preseason debut, helping the Washington Capitals defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Tuesday.

    Ovechkin took three shots and delivered several checks. With 3:03 left in the game, Ovechkin got into a shoving match after being run into the boards headfirst by Gregory Campbell. Ovechkin retaliated by slashing Campbell with a one-handed stick swing, and both players earned minor penalties.

    The Capitals are unbeaten in three exhibition games.

    Alexander Semin's power-play goal late in the second period snapped a 1-1 tie. Mathieu Perreault and Cody Eakin also scored for Washington.

    Jeremy Reich and Brad Marchand had goals for the Bruins.

    Perreault and Reich traded first-period goals. With Ovechkin assisting, Perreault connected on a wrist shot from the right circle 8:40 into the game. But Reich beat Michal Neuvirth from the left wing on a counterattack at 14:13.

    With 46 seconds left in the second period and Reich serving a minor penalty, Semin gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead. He converted Ovechkin's feed by ripping a hard shot from the left circle past Nolan Schaeffer.

    Eakin's goal made it 3-1 with 14:33 remaining in the third. Eakin used defenseman Adam McQuaid as a screen and scored from between the circles.

    Marchand scored from the right wing with 9:04 left to get Boston within 3-2.

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    1st Period
    8:40Mathieu Perreault - Assists: Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble
    14:12Jeremy Reich - Assist: Matt Bartkowski
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    19:14Power Play - Alexander Semin - Assists: Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson
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    5:27Cody Eakin - Assists: Matt Bradley and Tom Poti
    11:56Brad Marchand - Assists: Milan Lucic and Matt Bartkowski
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    6:59Shawn Thornton: fighting - major
    6:59D.J. King: fighting - major
    19:03Lawrence Nycholat: hooking - minor
    19:45Zach Hamill: boarding - minor
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    5:44Michael Ryder: high-sticking - minor
    10:20Mark Stuart: slashing - minor
    18:25Jeremy Reich: holding stick - minor
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    2:41Tyler Sloan: interference - minor
    16:57Gregory Campbell: boarding - minor
    16:57Alex Ovechkin: slashing - minor
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