Washington at Boston

    Capitals 4, Bruins 1


    BOSTON -- Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 preseason victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

    The win kept the Capitals (4-0) perfect in the preseason, while the Bruins fell to 1-3-1.

    Backstrom, playing without usual wings Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble, beat Tim Thomas off a giveaway 10:28 into the game and then tipped home a shot by Jeff Schultz with 2:52 left in the second period.

    Andrew Gordon and Matt Bradley made it 4-0 in the third period before Mark Recchi scored on the power play for the Bruins -- costing Dany Sabourin, a Bruins farmhand last season, and Braden Holtby a combined shutout.

    Jason Chimera had two assists for Washington.

    Thomas, playing his first game after undergoing offseason hip surgery, allowed four goals on 15 shots.

    Tyler Seguin, the second pick in the June draft, played his first game as a center for the Bruins and didn't have a point. He had a goal and an assist in two previous games as a wing.

    The Bruins left after the game for Belfast, Northern Ireland, where they will train for two days before playing an exhibition game. Then they move on to Prague for their final preseason game and open the season there with two games against the Phoenix Coyotes, Oct. 9 and 10.

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    Scoring Summary
    1st Period
    10:28Nicklas Backstrom - Assist: Jason Chimera
    2nd Period
    17:08Nicklas Backstrom - Assists: Jeff Schultz and John Carlson
    3rd Period
    2:30Andrew Gordon - Assists: Tyler Sloan and Jason Chimera
    6:03Matt Bradley - Assist: Boyd Gordon
    8:45Power Play - Mark Recchi - Assists: Patrice Bergeron and Michael Ryder
    Penalty Summary
    1st Period
    :02Matt Hendricks: fighting - major
    :02Gregory Campbell: fighting - major
    6:30Brian McGrattan: hooking - minor
    2nd Period
    3:15Steve Pinizzotto: high-sticking - double-minor
    7:32Nicklas Backstrom: hooking - minor
    9:52Marcus Johansson: slashing - minor
    12:52Michael Ryder: holding - minor
    3rd Period
    3:41Andrew Ference: tripping - minor
    7:26Steve Pinizzotto: tripping - minor
    Shots on Goal
    Braden Holtby27:08131
    Dany Sabourin32:38120
    Tim Thomas60:00204
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    Referees - Wes McCauley, David Banfield
    Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Brian Murphy
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