Boston Bruins

May 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; After stealing the puck from Washington Capitals defenseman Justin Schultz (2), Boston Bruins right wing Craig Smith (12) celebrates his winning goal on goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30) during the second overtime in game three of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Craig Smith picked the Capitals’ pocket and netted the game-winning goal in the second overtime, as the Boston Bruins beat Washington 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Boston swarmed goaltender Ilya Samsonov in the first overtime, out-shooting the Capitals 17-5, but to no avail. Ultimately, a miscommunication between Samsonov and Caps defenseman Justin Schultz allowed Smith to scoop up the loose puck and wrap it around and into the net.

The scoring started in the second period, with a goal for each team within a span of 56 seconds. First, after Brad Marchand went to the penalty box for unsportsmanlike conduct, Alex Ovechkin buried an open one-timer from the slot to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. But less than a minute later, Taylor Hall gathered a heady backhand pass from Smith and made a highlight-reel finish over the shoulder of Samsonov to tie it back up.

Nic Dowd put the Caps back on top late in the second period with a redirected pass through Tuukka Rask. The play started after David Pastrnak mishandled the puck at his own blue line and turned it over.

It wasn’t until more than halfway through the third period that the Bruins found another equalizer. This time it was Marchand redeeming himself for a bad penalty for the second straight game, as he whacked a floating puck out of the air on a power play to knot the game back up, 2-2.

In all, Rask made 35 saves, including 14 in the second period. Samsonov made 40 stops for the Capitals in his playoff debut.

The Bruins and Caps get back at it in Game 4 on Friday night at TD Garden.

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