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Fans taunt Bruins goalie Tim Thomas for White House snub

Fans held up images of President Obama to taunt Bruins goalie Tim Thomas at the NHL playoff game in Washington. The Bruins beat the Capitals 4-3.

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"Hopefully, it can give us some real momentum moving forward — and we can win a couple games by two goals," said Tim Thomas, last season's playoff MVP.

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Peverley, Brian Rolston and Daniel Paille scored for the Bruins.

Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich got Washington's other goals. Laich scored on a breakaway with 6 minutes left to make it 3-3, but Chara came through with 1:53 remaining for second-seeded Boston.

Holtby, who blocked 72 of 74 shots through the first two games, was good but not great Monday, making 25 saves.

Game 1 went to overtime before Boston won 1-0, and Game 2 wasn't decided until the second extra period, when Washington claimed a 2-1 victory. Two games and a whopping total of four goals.

There were four goals in 1½ periods Monday — and a lot more hitting and fighting and penalties. After one prolonged skirmish involving a handful of players, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner made a fist and rotated it near his eye, as if to say to Boston's Milan Lucic, "Why are you being such a crybaby?"

Afterward, Lucic said that was a rich gesture coming from "a guy who I think has two roughing penalties in three years."

"We're a team that stands up for ourselves and stands up for our teammates," Lucic said. "We're a team with a lot of pride, so that might be a big reason why we get ourselves going."

It actually might have been Ovechkin who set the tone right away, flattening defenseman Dennis Seidenberg with a big, roar-inducing hit less than 30 seconds in. About 10 minutes later, Ovechkin rattled Rolston, one of the five hits the Russian accumulated in the first period.

"There was more stuff — extracurricular stuff — after the whistles," Laich said. "We kind of don't want to get caught up in that."

The opening period ended with a bit of a scrum several feet to Thomas' left. Nothing rising to the level of the rowdy series between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but there was enough improper contact that two players began the second period off the ice: Backstrom for cross-checking, and Lucic for roughing.

During the ensuing 4-on-4, the teams produced two goals in 13 seconds, with Ovechkin putting Washington ahead 2-1. The lead didn't last long, though. Paille — who had nine goals all season, and none since Feb. 11 — tied it by batting down a rebound with his stick, then nimbly getting around Holtby. Rolston put Boston ahead 62 seconds into the third period, before Laich temporarily evened the score.

Chara decided the outcome of Game 3, and both teams braced for more of what several players called "chippier" play.

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"You could see some of the retaliatory penalties and a few embellishments out there," Washington forward Troy Brouwer said. "That's how it goes, and that's what happens when you see a team three times in six nights, and it's only going to be more in the next few days."

NOTES: Hunter said he expects Backstrom's match penalty to be reviewed and rescinded. ... Ovechkin's goal allowed him to break a tie with Hunter and move into second in Capitals history with 26 in the playoffs. Only Peter Bondra, with 30, scored more postseason goals for Washington.

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