Washington Capitals defeat Boston Bruins, 2-1

WASHINGTON - Hockey can be a cruel game.

On Thursday, Martin St. Pierre and his fourth-line mates executed a breakout and an offensive rush to score the winning goal against the Islanders. Last night, after a pair of St. Pierre misplays, Washington sniper Alexander Semin hummed a slap shot past Tim Thomas for the deciding goal in the Capitals' 2-1 victory before 18,277 at the Verizon Center.

"That's what it's all about," said St. Pierre. "It's all about ups and downs...