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NHL: Bruins defeat Caps 4-1 in Thomas’ apolitical return

AP, Washington

The New York Rangers’ Stu Bickel, left, and the Philadelphia Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds fight in the first period of their game at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

Tim Thomas made 35 saves on Sunday in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

Playing about 10 blocks from the White House — a place he famously avoided because of his political views two weeks ago when the reigning Stanley Cup champions were honored by US President Barack Obama — Thomas shut out the Capitals until late in the third period as the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak.

Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand scored first-period goals, and Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley tallied in the third for the Bruins, who built a 3-0 lead and rediscovered some offensive pop after scoring only once during their two-game skid.

Marcus Johansson scored the lone goal for the Capitals, who have lost three of four and haven’t scored a power-play goal in seven games. Tomas Vokoun, getting the call again a day after shutting out Montreal, had 26 saves.


In New York, Artem Anisimov had a goal and two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves as New York continued their recent success against Philadelphia.

Marian Gaborik, Michael Del Zotto, Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for Eastern Conference-leading New York, who have won six straight against Philadelphia, including their four games this season. It was Anisimov’s first points in 18 games.

Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers, who lost for the third time in four games. It was their first game against the Rangers since the Winter Classic in Philadelphia on Jan. 2.


In Newark, New Jersey, Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists as New Jersey extended their winning streak to four games.

Anton Volchenkov, Dainius Zubrus, Zach Parise and David Clarkson also scored for the Devils, who remained perfect since the All-Star break, while equaling their season-best win streak. Kovalchuk has been the key to the surge with three goals and seven assists in the four games.

Martin Brodeur made 28 saves to improve to 11-2 in his last 13 decisions against Pittsburgh. He also got an assist on Clarkson’s empty-net score in the closing seconds.

Matt Niskanen and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins who had won nine of 10.


In Montreal, Carey Price made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season and Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist as Montreal ended a three-game losing streak.

Max Pacioretty scored his 19th goal in the first and Alexei Emelin made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal 7:20 into the second. Plekanec, who set up Emelin’s goal, was credited with his 11th goal on a power play at 11:28.

Price made a lunging glove-save on Antti Miettinen, then a sprawling stop on the forward’s backhand off the rebound 2:46 into the third to preserve his 15th career shutout.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 20 shots for Winnipeg, who lost their second in a row.

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