Capitals defeat Bruins in round-robin, are No. 3 seed in East


T.J. Oshie scored for the Washington Capitals, who will be the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference after a 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins in the final game of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers round-robin at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday.

The Capitals (1-1-1) will play the No. 6 New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Toronto, the Eastern hub city. The Bruins (0-3-0) will be the No. 4 seed and play the No. 5 Carolina Hurricanes. Boston won the Presidents’ Trophy and was the only team during the regular season to reach 100 points.

Tom Wilson also scored for Washington and Braden Holtby made 30 saves.

Washington defenseman John Carlson missed his third straight game. He hasn’t played since leaving in the third period of an exhibition game against the Hurricanes on July 29.

Jake DeBrusk scored for Boston and Tuukka Rask made 23 saves.

Oshie put the Capitals ahead 1-0 with 16 seconds remaining in the first period. Nicklas Backstrom‘s shot from the left slot was stopped by Rask. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara tried skating the rebound behind the net but Oshie smacked his stick and the puck rolled into the net.

Wilson made it 2-0 at 2:49 of the third when he won a race to a puck flipped into the Bruins zone by Ilya Kovalchuk, switched it from his backhand to his forehand and beat Rask over his glove.

DeBrusk scored at 10:30 of the third to get the Bruins within 2-1.

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