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