Matthew Phillips wins it in overtime for Capitals over Bruins

John Carlson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Capitals won a thriller in their fourth preseason game. In a back and fourth affair with the Boston Bruins, it took an overtime goal from the biggest stud this preseason to win the game for the Capitals. 5-4 was the final.

Things got going as fast as the first minute. Connor McMichael backhanded in a rebound 26 seconds in. John Carlson and Tom Wilson had the assists. The Bruins tied it at 53 seconds with a goal from James van Riemsdyk, the older brother of Trevor.

At 2:42 the Bruins took the lead with a goal from Mason Lohrei. The Caps tied it on the power play as Nicklas Backstrom dumped the puck to Evgeny Kuznetsov behind the net, who set up Tom Wilson right up the middle at 7:51.

At 15:57, Dylan Strome set up Sonny Milano as his backhand shot barely went in the net but still did. It gave the Caps a 3-2 lead which they would have at the end of the opening period. Caps led in shots 12-6.

At 8:23 Milan Lucic scored the lone goal of the second period to tie the game for the Bruins. The Caps had the edge in shots in the second 9-8 as the game entered the third tied at three.

43 seconds into the third period on a power play, a downtown slapshot from John Carlson gave the Capitals the lead. Kuznetsov and Strome had the assists.

At 4:57 Matt Poitras tied the game. 4-4 would be the score at the end of regulation. The Caps outshot the Bruins 14-5 in the third. In overtime the Caps had the edge in shots 6-1 and overall 41-20. Easily their best offensive game of the preseason.

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Carlson would set up Matthew Phillips for a breakaway at 4:04 in the overtime and the kid perfectly executed it to win the game. There’s now two more preseason games left.