Caps stay in playoff hunt, beat Boston 3-2 in SO

JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer Published:

BOSTON (AP) -- Brooks Laich scored in the first round of a sudden-death shootout to give Washington a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night and help the Capitals keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Washington is tied with Buffalo with 86 points in pursuit of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Sabres remain ahead because they have five games remaining and the Capitals have four.

The Bruins could have clinched a playoff berth with a win. The defending Stanley Cup champions will try again when they play the New York Islanders on Saturday.