Boston Bruins defeat Washington Capitals, 3-2

Not exactly a gem last night, acknowledged the first-place Bruins.

They coughed up pucks. They gave the trigger-happy Capitals six power plays. They couldn't get much going offensively in the first 40 minutes.

"We had a lot of turnovers and forced a lot of passes," said coach Claude Julien. "Obviously, it wasn't our best."

But as expected of a top team, the Bruins made plays when necessary. There was the pickoff and backhand roofer by grinder Shawn Thornton in the...