Washington Capitals defeat Boston Bruins, 5-3

WASHINGTON — English is Tuukka Rask’s second language.

But the Finnish goalie, sent to the crease in last night’s third period after Tim Thomas got little help from his teammates through 40 minutes, captured the sentiment of a 5-3 loss to the Capitals before 18,389 at the Verizon Center.

“I thought we played a really solid 20-minute game,’’ Rask said.

Trouble is, when you flub passes, play east-west hockey instead of north-south, and do little to make the opposing go...

WASHINGTON — It’s not often that the NHL’s best goalie gets pulled after allowing three goals in 40 minutes. Truth is, if Tim Thomas weren’t on top of his game last night, the Capitals could have put five or more pucks into the net in the first two periods.

“We didn’t play the same way that we played them the first two times,’’ said Thomas, comparing last night’s so-so effort to two previous wins over the Capitals this season. “The first two times we played them, we did...