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NHL: Washington 2, Boston 1 (2OT)

April 14, 2012 at 7:41 PM

BOSTON, April 14 (UPI) -- Nicklas Backstrom scored 2:56 into the second overtime Saturday and Washington evened its first-round playoff series against Boston with a 2-1 victory.

After the Capitals won a draw deep in the Boston zone, Marcus Johansson got the puck behind the net and fed Backstrom in the right circle, who fired a one-timer past Bruins netminder Tim Thomas for the game-winner.

Troy Brouwer scored in the second period for the Caps, who bounced back from a 1-0 defeat in Thursday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series.

Braden Holtby turned aside 43-of-44 shots while logging his second straight strong game for Washington.

Boston's Beniot Pouliot dented Holtby with a goal 12:13 into the final period for the equalizer, forcing overtime.

Thomas finished with 37 saves for the Bruins.

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