Stuart's OT goal tops Capitals, 4-3


In a game between last-place teams, the Boston Bruins had the greater sense of desperation.

The Bruins rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period and got Brad Stuart's goal 2:02 into overtime last night to earn a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals.

"We're at this point right now where we have to get it going," said Boston's Sergei Samsonov, who scored the tying goal with 7:14 remaining in regulation. "There's nothing really that can discourage us anymore. We're a desperate team, and I think we kind of showed that desperation tonight."

Washington rookie Alexander Ovechkin's 21st goal gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead with 8:13 remaining in the third period, but the Bruins capitalized on turnovers to rally for two goals in the next 59 seconds.

"As far as losing in overtime, we didn't deserve to be there," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "I've never seen so many good saves in a game in my life by a goalie [Washington's Olie Kolzig]. They beat us at our game, and our game is outworking teams and directing pucks to the net ... That's the hard part to swallow."

Captain Jeff Halpern was even more blunt.

"Olie played so well," Halpern said. "We sold him out."

Maple Leafs 3, Penguins 2 -- Tomas Kaberle scored at 2:26 of overtime to give visiting Toronto the win. Mark Recchi and Michel Ouellet got Pittsburgh's goals and Alex Khavanov and Mats Sundin, who also assisted on the winner, scored for the Leafs in regulation.

Red Wings 4, Stars 1 -- Chris Osgood stopped 27 shots and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists to help visiting Detroit to its fourth straight victory.

Predators 4, Flames 3 -- Scottie Upshall's tiebreaking goal with 6:47 left gave Nashville the win over host Calgary, extending the Predators' winning streak to six games.

Off the ice

Maple Leafs -- Forward Darcy Tucker was fined $2,500 by the NHL for pulling off the helmet of New Jersey's Cam Janssen during a fight Monday night and twice hitting the wing on the head with it.

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