Washington Capitals: Caps Stage Impressive Comeback, Defeat Boston 4-3 in OT

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIMarch 5, 2013

March 5, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Tomas Kundratek (36) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins in the second period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Capitals continue to move towards a spot in the NHL playoffs. On Tuesday, the Caps defeated the Boston Bruins in overtime for their second-straight victory and fourth in the last five games. After giving up three goals in the first period, Washington pulled it together for a dramatic 4-3 win.

Eric Fehr notched the game-winner just 37 seconds into the overtime period to send the red-wearing crowd into a frenzy.

The Bruins came out ready to play, striking for three goals in the opening frame. Brad Marchand started the scoring with a shorthanded goal that came via a penalty shot. Big defenseman Zdeno Chara kept Boston's momentum going in the period, scoring at 17:07 to put the Bruins up by two.

Just over a minute later, Dougie Hamilton added a power-play goal to give the visitors a commanding three-goal lead.

Little did anyone know that those were the last goals the Bruins would get.

Washington made adjustments at the first intermission and came out a different team in the second period.

Caps points leader Mike Ribeiro continued his stellar season, scoring his eighth goal of the year on assists from Alex Ovechkin and Steven Oleksy. Washington rookie Tomas Kundratek connected for his first career goal just six minutes later.

During the third period, Washington played aggressive hockey, crashing the net and creating scoring opportunities. With time winding down, Wojtek Wolski tied the game on a goal assisted by Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom.

The Caps kept the positive feelings going into the overtime, quickly completing the comeback when Backstrom made a beautiful pass to Fehr, who buried it behind Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask.

Washington goalie Braden Holtby got the win, shutting out the Bruins after the first period. He made a total of 30 saves on 33 shots faced.

Fehr and Backstrom played a key role in the victory, both registering three points in the game.

This was just the type of game the Caps needed to gain confidence heading into the final two months of the season. They will look to keep it going on Thursday when the Florida Panthers come to town.