Morning Free Association: December 8

The Capitals were up to their old tricks- scoring on us and not letting us score on them. My boy had a terrible, horrible, no-good game. Then, things changed.

First Period:

Of course, Justin Williams has to score 23 seconds into the game. Capitals lead 1-0.

Williams scores his second of the game at 7:57.

Tuukka made three beautiful, masterful saves in a row around the middle of the period.

Things get nasty late in the period. Washington’s Lars Eller goes to the box for Hooking against Riley Nash. Under a minute later, Patrice Bergeron boards Matt Niskanen.

I think the real shame here is that it was Niskanen that was knocked out of the game instead of that dirtbag Brooks Orpik.

Second Period:

Daniel Winnik wristed one just under 6 minutes into the period.

Who knew that the pieces we needed to solve Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby were Dominic Moore and his liney Anton Blidh? #MakeThemBlidhMoore

Then, Goal Scoring David™ decided that he needed to keep his scoring streak alive and to net his 16th.

Third Period:

Boston held Washington to zero shots for a long time in this period. Early in the period, things got chippy between the teams, with Wilson hitting Blidh high and offsetting Roughing penalties afterward.

At 8:19, Colin Miller slapped one top shelf to tie up the game.

Schaller got hit bad and was laid out on the ice for a bit. But no penalty of course.

There was a long delay after trying to figure out how a Caps player had a broken stick and whether or not Tuukka delayed the game when he blocked a shot with his stick and it went high.

The teams remain tied 3-3 at the end of the period.

Overtime:

Bad line changes from two of the Davids (one being completely gassed) led to Backstrom scoring the game winner.

Bruins get a point, which is one more point than expected for much of the game.

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