Cap­i­tals con­tinue their mas­tery over the Bru­ins

Ovechkin nets two, Back­strom bags go-ahead goal in third

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Caps 4 — Bru­ins 2

BOS­TON (AP) — Nick­las Back­strom scored in the third pe­riod after miss­ing a game, help­ing the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals win their 14th straight over the Bos­ton Bru­ins with a 4-2 vic­tory Thurs­day night.

Back­strom, who sat out Wed­nes­day’s game against Philadel­phia with an ill­ness, glided in to the Bru­ins’ zone and ripped a left-cir­cle wris­ter past Jaroslav Halak for the go-ahead goal with 14:14 re­main­ing.

Alexan­der Ovechkin net­ted his NHL-lead­ing 31st and 32nd goals of the sea­son, and also had the high­light hit of the game when he sent Zdeno Chara — the NHL’s tallest player ever at 6-foot-9 — flip­ping head over heels into the Cap­i­tals’ bench on a shove late in the first pe­riod.

The TD Gar­den crowd gasped, but play con­tin­ued and there was no im­me­di­ate on­ice re­tal­i­a­tion. The Bru­ins cap­tain tum­bled back onto the ice quickly and re­joined the play.

Jakub Vrana also had a goal for the Cap­i­tals, whose streak against the Bru­ins dates to March 29, 2014.

Ryan Donato and David Kre­jci each had goals for Bos­ton. The Bru­ins suf­fered a sea­son-open­ing 7-0 blowout loss at Wash­ing­ton on Oct. 3 when the Cap­i­tals cel­e­brated last sea­son’s Stan­ley Cup ti­tle.

Braden Holtby made 39 saves, im­prov­ing to 12-0-0 against Bos­ton dur­ing the Cap­i­tals’ streak, and 16-2 in his ca­reer against the Bru­ins.

Halak had 18 saves for Bos­ton, which had its five-game win streak snapped.

Wash­ing­ton led 1-0 after the first

AP PHOTO

Bru­ins de­fense­man Zdeno Chara gets is checked into the Wash­ing­ton bench by Alex Ovechkin, left, dur­ing Thurs­day night’s first pe­riod.

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