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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Bs beat Caps

In the early game on Saturday, the Bruins did the Hurricanes a huge favor by beating the Capitals 2-1.
Actually, the Bruins were really watching their own back, giving themselves a better chance to qualify for the playoffs.

Technically speaking, the Capitals did themselves in. They had a 1-0 lead with about 5:45 to play. Donald Brashear lost his mind. After committing a high-sticking double minor, he lost his cool and threw a punch at a Bruins player who got in his face. The result was a six minute triple minor.

A short while later, John Erskine was called for hooking. It was a marginal call, but it gave the Bruins two solid minutes of five-on-three. Zdeno Chara scored, and the Bruins stayed put on the five-on-three. The first of Brashear's penalties came off, and he still had four minutes. Erskine's penalty elapsed, but right after, Tom Poti was called for slashing. Marco Sturm put the Bs ahead to stay.

This is huge for the Hurricanes. It means that they can really widen their lead with a win, or even an overtime loss tonight.

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