National Hockey League

Jeremy Swayman wins 2nd NHL start, Bruins beat Capitals 4-2

Brad Marchand scored a shorthanded goal, Jeremy Swayman made 31 saves to win his second NHL start and the Boston Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Thursday night.

Jeremy Lauzon, Anton Blidh and Craig Smith also scored for Boston, which won back-to-back starts by its rookie fourth-string goaltender fresh out of college in his first professional season.

Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov allowed a leaky goal to Lauzon 33 seconds into the game and was unlucky when defenseman Justin Schultz's attempt to flick the puck off the glass behind the net instead took a fluky bounce to Blidh for a tap-in later in the first period.

Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead early in the second period when he deked two Washington defenders and lifted a backhander past Samsonov, who finished with 28 saves.

Washington is the only team left in the East Division to not allow some fans into its arena, and one of just three remaining in the U.S. without announced plans for a limited capacity to attend games.

Owner Ted Leonsis tweeted this week the organization was "disappointed with the city's failure" to grant a waiver for 10% of capacity at Capital One Arena, which is roughly 1,800 fans.

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