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Bruins' gamble costs Capitals

The Baltimore Sun

Boston Bruins coach Dave Lewis is feeling so good that he's taking some gambles.

Glen Murray scored a power-play goal 2:06 into overtime to lift the Bruins to their fourth straight victory, a 3-2 win over the visiting Washington Capitals last night.

After Capitals defenseman Bryan Muir was called for tripping in overtime, Lewis decided to put four forwards on the ice.

"Play to win is, I guess, the way to frame it," Lewis said.

Murray gathered a loose puck along the left boards, cut to the slot area, and unloaded a rising wrist shot over goaltender Brent Johnson's right shoulder.

Zdeno Chara and P.J. Axelsson scored for the Bruins, who have won four in a row for the first time since March 2004.

Jakub Klepis and Alexander Ovechkin had goals for the Capitals, who have lost a season-high three straight.

"Special teams ended up biting [us] this time," said Johnson, who made 35 saves. "Glen Murray is the kind of guy who ... doesn't miss too many."

Devils 2, Maple Leafs 1 -- Martin Brodeur made 32 saves and Jamie Langenbrunner scored in his fourth straight game to lead visiting New Jersey over Toronto.

Penguins 3, Rangers 1 -- Mark Recchi scored twice in the third and host Pittsburgh shut down Jaromir Jagr and New York.

Senators 4, Sabres 1 -- Peter Schaefer and Dany Heatley each had a goal and an assist, and Ray Emery made 23 saves as Ottawa defeated visiting Buffalo.

Hurricanes 5, Stars 4 -- Eric Staal scored three goals and Justin Williams broke a tie with 6:32 remaining to lift Carolina past visiting Dallas.

Canadiens 3, Thrashers 1 -- Cristobal Huet made 39 saves and Michael Ryder and Alexander Perezhogin each scored, leading host Montreal over Atlanta.

Avalanche 2, Wild 1 -- Peter Budaj made 28 saves in regulation and overtime and Joe Sakic's shootout goal lifted visiting Colorado over Minnesota.

Predators 4, Blue Jackets 2 -- Jason Arnott scored two power-play goals within 48 seconds in the second period, lifting host Nashville over Columbus.

Sharks 6, Flyers 1 -- Patrick Rissmiller and Milan Michalek scored in the first five minutes and San Jose beat visiting Philadelphia for its sixth win in seven games.

Oilers 4, Red Wings 3 -- Raffi Torres scored in the seventh shootout round to lift Edmonton over visiting Detroit.

Kings 5, Coyotes 3 -- Alexander Frolov had his third straight two-goal game and Craig Conroy scored the game-winner with 11 minutes left, leading Los Angeles over visiting Phoenix.

Islanders 4, Panthers 1 -- Mike Dunham made 43 saves, and Arron Asham broke a second-period tie, lifting visiting New York, 3-0-1 on its five-game road trip, over Florida.

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