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Rapid Reaction: Capitals 4, Bruins 0

BOSTON -- Well, that was kind of ugly.

Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden. The Capitals scored a pair of power-play goals, while the Bruins went 0-for-4 in that department. In fact, Boston is 1-for-10 on the power play this season.

With the loss, Boston is 1-2-0 in the first three games of the 2014-15 season.

The Bruins are trying to hang on while forwards David Krejci and Gregory Campbell remain sidelined with injuries. Krejci could return Monday against the Colorado Avalanche, and his presence is needed to settle things down, especially on the power play.

On Saturday, Washington goaltender Braden Holtby recorded a shutout with a 29-save performance. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 17 saves.

Ovechkin scored his first of the game, a power-play tally, at 11:26 of the first period. With the Bruins' Bobby Robins in the box for kneeing and a subsequent fight with Michael Latta, Washington quickly capitalized when Ovechkin's one-timer from the left faceoff circle whistled by Rask for a 1-0 lead.

Ovechkin notched his second of the night when Washington's strong forecheck forced a defensive breakdown and he took advantage, scoring at 18:39 for a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins had an opportunity to halt Washington's momentum as Boston opened the second period with nearly two minutes remaining on a power play, but couldn't convert. Washington, however, continued its attack while on the man-advantage, scoring another power-play goal for a 3-0 lead. With Zdeno Chara in the box for roughing, the Capitals' Mike Green scored the power-play goal at 10:34.

In the third period, the Bruins couldn't generate any momentum. In the waning minutes of regulation, Green drilled the Bruins' Milan Lucic into the sidewall from behind. Play continued and when Lucic got to his feet, he found Green and wanted a piece, but the Washington defenseman wanted no part of it. Lucic was given a two-minute penalty for cross-checking and a 10-minute misconduct at 16:23 of the third.

The Bruins killed off the two-minute penalty, but Washington added an even-strength goal for a 4-0 lead at 18:46 when Joel Ward tipped John Carlson's shot past Rask.

SWITCHING: Bruins coach Claude Julien tweaked his defensive pairs against the Capitals. For the first two games of the regular season, he had Chara and Dougie Hamilton as the top pair, but he put Chara with Adam McQuaid and Hamilton with Dennis Seidenberg against Ovechkin and the Capitals. Torey Krug and Kevan Miller remained together. Matt Bartkowski has been a healthy scratch for the first three games of the season, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he's given an opportunity on Monday against the Colorado Avalanche.

DROP 'EM: The Bruins like the energy Robins brings, but a kneeing penalty in the first period allowed the Capitals to convert on the PP and quickly gain momentum. After the whistle blew on the penalty, Robins then dropped the gloves with Latta. Robins logged only 45 seconds of ice time in the first period, and after two periods he was on the ice for only 3:15.