Bruins 2, Capitals 2
Feb. 09, 2000
BOSTON (AP) _ Craig Billington stopped 49 shots and Ken Klee scored with 3:54 left in regulation to give the Washington Capitals a 2-2 tie with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
Washington, which was outshot 51-15, is 11-2-3 since Jan. 1.
Billington started in place of Olaf Kolzig, who got a much-deserved rest after starting the last 19 games and also playing in the All-Star game on Sunday in Toronto.
Billington was making just his eighth appearance of the season, including a 3-0 shutout of the Bruins on Nov. 20.
Dave Andreychuk gave Boston a 2-1 lead when he tipped Anson Carter's pass through Billington's pads with 34 seconds left in the second period. It was Andreychuk's 19th goal of the season.
But Klee scored his fourth of the season when he beat goalie Byron Dafoe with a one-timer from the slot off Richard Zednik's pass.
The Bruins have earned a point in 11 of their 12 last games, but are only 4-3-5 in that span.
With the point, Boston moved into a tie with idle Pittsburgh for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead 2:58 into the second period on Andre Savage's third goal of the season. Savage scored on a power-play, knocking a rebound of Ray Bourque's shot past Billington.
Sergei Gonchar tied it for the Capitals midway through the second when he beat Dafoe for his 15th goal of the season. Joe Sacco and Jim McKenzie assisted on the play.
Dafoe made 13 saves.
Despite being outshot, 20-2 in the first period, Washington managed to go into the second period in a scoreless tie.