Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/30/12

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers during their preseason game on September 24, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Brooks Laich scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the visiting Washington Capitals stayed in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. Laich fooled Tim Thomas with a quick move to the backhand, firing the puck top corner, following a pad save from Michal Neuvirth on Rich Peverley. Washington won for just the third time in the last eight games and moved into a tie with eighth-place Buffalo, although the Sabres have a game in hand.The Capitals also closed within four points of Southeast Division leader Florida, which also had a game in hand.After two uneventful periods, Washington opened the scoring when Dennis Wideman took a feed from Marcus Johansson in the slot and beat Thomas high glove side at 7:59 of the third period. The Capitals jumped ahead 2-0 just under two minutes later when Alex Ovechkin connected with Johansson on a two-on-one, breaking his stick as he fired the puck past a sprawling Th...
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