Bruins top Capitals in 2OT in Game 3, take series lead

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BOSTON — Craig Smith scored at 5:48 of the second overtime, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round at TD Garden on Wednesday.

After Washington goalie Ilya Samsonov made a play on the puck and left it behind his net for Capitals defenseman Justin Schultz, Smith beat Schultz to the puck scored inside the left post.

Tuukka Rask made 35 saves for Boston, which took the lead in the best-of-7 series. The Bruins are the No. 3 seed in the MassMutual East Division.

Samsonov, playing for the first time since May 1, made 40 saves for Washington, which is the No. 2 seed. He had been on the taxi squad and was removed from NHL COVID-19 protocol Saturday.

Game 4 is here Friday (6:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, NESN, NBCSWA).

Teams that win Game 3 after a best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 are 223-107 (67.6 percent), including 3-1 in the first round last season.

Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with a one-timer at 8:21 of the second period to give Washington a 1-0 lead.

Taylor Hall tied it 1-1 at 9:17.

Nic Dowd put the Capitals in front 2-1 with a redirection at 18:15.

Brad Marchand tied it 2-2 on the power play at 11:32 of the third period, batting the puck at the side of the net.

All three games in the series have gone to overtime. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime in Game 1 on Saturday, and the Bruins won 4-3 in overtime in Game 2 on Monday. 

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