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Posted at 10:44 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Capitals 4, Bruins 1

Thanks largely in part to a phenomenal effort by their penalty killers -- 11 Caps played nearly two minutes short-handed -- Washington was able to hold Boston at bay during a crucial juncture of the game in the second period and go on to capture a 4-1 win and remain perfect in the preseason.

You can read more about the unit, which managed to thwart almost eight consecutive power-play minutes for the Bruins in the second period and garnered praise from previously reluctant Coach Bruce Boudreau, in the story for tomorrow's hard-copy edition.

Matt Hendricks, who saw 3 minutes 59 seconds of short-handed ice time, made it clear how important it is to keep special teams success in the proper perspective, though.

"It's a real finicky part of the game," he said. "For a week, two weeks you can be anywhere from 95 to 100 percent and it feels great and a week later you're back down to about 50. It's one of those things you've got to continually work on and continually raise your game for two minutes or [more than nine] minutes like we had tonight."

But on to some of the other notes and quotes from the Capitals' latest exhibition victory...

One of the biggest reasons why this win seemed particularly satisfying for the Capitals afterward was that their lineup, which was without some of the team's biggest stars (including Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Mike Knuble), handled almost a completely full-strength, NHL-ready Bruins roster.

"I think they had a full team," Nicklas Backstrom said. "We did a great job, it was a team effort and the goalies played good. [To kill off all those penalties is] hard work. I think everybody came to play and that's the most important thing."

Said Boudreau: "We were on top of the puck. Our energy was really good tonight, they didn't have a chance to move and when we play that way and you look at the shifts - the shifts were all really short and we're rolling four lines you can accomplish that."

-- There were some creative line combinations again in this contest, but perhaps no more intriguing than the top line of Marcus Johansson, Backstrom and Eric Fehr. It was a group that has never played together previously and featured two natural centers, although Johansson had played left wing previously in the Swedish Elite League.

Despite all that, by the third period they appeared to discover a rhythm that led to several scoring chances and took advantage of mistakes as the Bruins tried to force offense and get back into the game

"Maybe it took us two periods to find each other, but I think it worked out all right," said Backstrom, who added that he believed their best showing came in the final 20 minutes.

-- Two seconds into the contest Hendricks got into a fight with Boston's Gregory Campbell, who hit Ovechkin into the boards awkwardly late in Tuesday's meeting between the clubs.

Hendricks didn't play in that first game against the Bruins, but he saw the hit and wanted to make sure Campbell, and anyone else, knew that the hit on Washington's superstar didn't go unnoticed. "Hockey's an honest game," Hendricks said simply.

-- On a lighter note, Backstrom offered a little insight into what it's like to wear a captain's "C": "It's fun that the coaches maybe believe in me and that kind of thing. So, it's good that I'm 100 percent. Ovie should be worried."

-- Tomorrow's practice has been pushed back to 1 p.m. so be sure to check back for updates then.

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