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Capitals, 10-2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 3, 2008 10:48 PM

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The Bruins suffered their worst beatdown since last year's 10-2 loss to Toronto on Jan. 4, 2007.

The Bruins allowed four goals in the first 8:29, prompting Claude Julien to pull Tim Thomas. The move didn't help, as Alex Ovechkin scored on Alex Auld at 15:31 to record the hat trick. Earlier in the period, Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the year.

"Unfortunately we weren't ready for it," said Julien. "When you're not ready for it, you can't just turn on a switch and adjust. The damage was done in the first eight minutes."

* Thomas allowed four goals on 10 first-period shots. Thomas started the second period, then was replaced by Auld again in the third period. "I didn't feel that uncomfortable from the get-go," said Thomas. "The first goal was a screen. The second goal was a breakaway. I got more uncomfortable as the game went on and the goals went in."

* Zdeno Chara took on Donald Brashear at 6:53 of the first period. His teammates responded by allowing two goals within the next two minutes.

* Every Bruin except Chara, Marco Sturm, and Phil Kessel recorded minus ratings.

* Sturm and Marc Savard extended their scoring streaks to eight games apiece.

* As expected, the hard hat was nowhere in sight after the game.

* Auld will most likely start tomorrow against Florida.

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