On a power play late in the second period, Capitals winger Alexander Semin delayed his shot from the left faceoff circle long enough to make sure that big Zdeno Chara would be screening Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. While the timing was superb, it was the wrist shot that was impeccable, a laser to the top right corner – over Thomas's glove hand – that the netminder had no hope of stopping.

There are not many players in the NHL who can make that shot. So few that teammate Brooks Laich wouldn't even hazard a guess at how many could do it.

"I don't know," Laich said. "I'm just glad we have one that can."