Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots for his first shutout of the season and Marc Savard broke a scoreless tie in the second period as the host Boston Bruins earned a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals last night.
Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal in the third period for Boston, which has won two straight after a six-game losing streak.
Alex Ovechkin, second in the NHL with 30 goals, had a seven-game point streak end, being held without a point for just the seventh time this season. Washington, coming off a home-and-home sweep of Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa, lost in regulation for the first time in six games.
Off the ice
Avalanche -- Forward Ryan Smyth has a broken right ankle and will miss up to eight weeks. Smyth was hurt during Colorado's overtime loss in Phoenix on Monday. He has 28 points, third best on the team, with 11 goals and 17 assists in 36 games.