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In a game with major playoff implications, the Boston Bruins earned one point despite dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Capitals Monday night in Washington.

Capitals winger Brooks Laich scored on the power play just 44 seconds into the extra period to give Washington its third straight win.

However, the point does put Boston (36-30-13, 85 points) into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Montreal Canadiens.

The Bruins also move one point ahead of the eighth-place Philadelphia Flyers.

"That was a good point. That was a good effort to get a point, but when you have an effort like that, you always hope to get a deuce out of it," Wideman said.

With Boston defenceman Dennis Wideman in the penalty box for high-sticking, Laich moved into the front of the Bruins' net and buried the easy rebound behind goaltender Tuukka Rask.

"It was a high stick, it was up, but it wasn't one of those that hurt the guy," Wideman said. "I was trying to push off a little bit, and I kind of lost my balance, and he was trying to cut back."

Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists while Mike Knuble scored Washington's other tally.

Alex Ovechkin collected a pair of assists, giving him 104 points on the season and moving the sniper to within two of scoring leader Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks. Capitals goaltender José Théodore each made 28 saves, while Rask stopped 27 shots.

"They don't give us lots of chances to score goals," said Ovechkin, whose team is now 28-4-6 since he was named captain on Jan. 5.

The Capitals (52-15-12), who clinched the Presidents' Trophy Sunday night by virtue of San Jose's overtime loss to Colorado, improved their league-leading point total to 116.

Wideman and Patrice Bergeron responded for Boston, which dropped two of its last three games.

Backstrom opened the scoring, converting his 31st goal of the season. He took a pass from Ovechkin and squeezed a shot under Bruins Rask before Wideman could prevent the puck from trickling over the goal-line.

The play took several minutes to review, but replay officials upheld the call on the ice.

"I didn't think it was in actually because I couldn't see," Backstrom said. "They called a goal. I guess it was in."

Wideman rebounded to tie the game with only 1.6 seconds remaining in the first when his blast from point beat Théodore.

After Bergeron completed a nifty three-way passing play to give Boston a 2-1 lead more than seven minutes into the second, the Capitals drew even with only 29 seconds remaining in the period.

Ovechkin cut toward to the right side of Rask and directed the puck at the net, which was knocked in by Knuble.

With the playoffs looming, goaltending issues have continued to follow the Capitals this season. However, there is some good news in that department as Theodore has failed to taste defeat in his last 23 games, going 19-0-3 in that span. 

With files from The Associated Press