Rolston stays hot in 7-2 victory over Caps

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The punchless Washington Capitals weren't much

of an obstacle for the Boston Bruins or their rookie goalie.


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Brian Rolston had a goal and two assists as the Boston Bruins

extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 7-2 victory

Wednesday night over the Washington Capitals.

''Everybody chips in, everyone who's called on to do something

right now does it to the best of their ability and that's all you

can ask,'' Boston coach Robbie Ftorek said. ''We're really pleased

with the way they're playing right now.''

P.J. Axelsson, Rob Zamuner, Josef Stumpel, Bryan Berard, Joe

Thornton and Glen Murray also tallied for the Bruins, who are 6-0-2

since losing their season opener at Minnesota on Oct. 11.

The streak is the longest for Boston since an identical run from

Nov. 19-Dec. 10, 1998.

Rookie goalie Tim Thomas, playing in his second NHL game, made

33 saves for his second victory. He said Boston's biggest goal

output of the season alleviated any pressure.

''The guys certainly gave me enough of a cushion, which makes it

a little bit easier,'' Thomas said. ''You're playing against

(Jaromir) Jagr, (Peter) Bondra and those guys and you can't let

them back in the game. That was my goal -- not to give them a sniff,

not to let them think they have a chance.''

Kip Miller and Steve Konowalchuk scored for Washington, which

has dropped two straight and is winless in four (0-3-1).

Craig Billington, starting in place of Washington's injured

regular Olaf Kolzig (left hand), lasted only 21:58 before being

yanked from the net in favor of rookie Sebastian Charpentier.

Billington allowed four goals on only 12 shots.

''We had so many chances -- we couldn't buy a goal and the goalie

didn't make any saves. That's the whole game,'' said Jagr, who had

two assists.

Boston grabbed a 1-0 lead 1:31 in when Axelsson followed up Mike

Knuble's rebound from the left side. Zamuner finished off a 4-on-2

break at 8:03, sweeping a wrist shot inside the right post from the

left circle.

Miller's power-play goal cut the lead in half at 10:38. But

Stumpel restored the two-goal advantage about 7 minutes later,

lifting the puck over a crease-clogging logjam of Billington and

two fallen defenders.

Rolston's shorthanded tally made it 4-1 early in the second

period and sent Billington to the bench. Boston scored on its

second shot against Charpentier when Berard stuffed the puck

between the goalie's pads on a breakaway 9:54 into the second.

Konowalchuk trimmed the lead to 5-2 at 11:01. Thornton and

Murray scored in the third period.

''It was a long night, right from the first shift,'' Konowalchuk

said. ''Not many positives at all.''

Game notes
D Sean O'Donnell's assist on Axelsson's goal was his first

point in 18 games. ... Billington has been pulled in two of his

four starts. ... Coming off an eight-game road trip, Washington

played at MCI Center for the first time since its season opener

Oct. 11. ... Bruins C P.J. Stock, who had 122 penalty minutes last

season, picked up his first fighting major of the season in a

third-period scrap with Stephen Peat. With two assists, Stock

recorded his first career multiple-point game.