NHL Hockey

Dowd's OT goal lifts Capitals in Game 1

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) T.J. Oshie's goal song, John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," echoed through Capital One Arena and its 25% capacity crowd. It turned out the credit technically belonged elsewhere, but Capitals fans were in no mood to nitpick.

Nic Dowd's deflection of Oshie' shot from the blue line found the back of the net 4:41 into overtime, giving the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.

The Capitals weathered the loss of starting goaltender Vitek Vanecek to a lower-body injury early on, with backup Craig Anderson making 21 saves and allowing only a power-play goal.

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Points
Rank Player Pts G A
1 C. McDavid, Edm1053372
2 L. Draisaitl, Edm843153
3 B. Marchand, Bos692940
4 M. Marner, Tor672047
5 A. Matthews, Tor664125
6 M. Rantanen, Col663036
7 P. Kane, Chi661551
8 N. MacKinnon, Col652045
9 M. Scheifele, Wpg632142
10 S. Crosby, Pit622438
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Rank Player GAA
1 A. Nedeljkovic, Car1.90
2 P. Grubauer, Col1.95
3 M. Fleury, VGK1.98
4 S. Varlamov, NYI2.04
5 C. Driedger, Fla2.07
6 J. Campbell, Tor2.15
7 I. Sorokin, NYI2.17
8 A. Vasilevskiy, TB2.21
9 T. Rask, Bos2.28
10 J. Saros, Nsh2.28
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