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Troy Brouwer lifts Capitals past Bruins

By Howard Ulman

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 21 2012 4:20 p.m. MDT

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, left, is hit by Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg during the second period of Game 5 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series in Boston Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Winslow Townson, Associated Press

BOSTON — Troy Brouwer scored on a power play with 1:27 left, giving the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory Saturday and moving the defending champion Boston Bruins a loss away from elimination.

Brouwer gave the Capitals a 3-2 series lead with his second goal of the playoffs, beating goalie

Tim Thomas over the glove with a wrist shot from the right circle. It came with 37 seconds left on a slashing penalty against Benoit Pouliot.

The Bruins, who trailed 2-0 and 3-2, tied it at 8:47 of the third period on Johnny Boychuk's goal.

The Capitals can wrap up the best-of-seven series at home Sunday.

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