The Boston Bruins just barely edged the 30th team in the NHL Saturday night. The game required a shootout and ended 3-2 in Boston’s favour.
The first period was a “boring” period per say. Not many of opportunities from either team resulting in a lackluster 20 minutes. Shots ended at 13-11 CBJ. Although, in the middle of the period, the TD Garden fans in attendance gave ex-Bruin Gregory Campbell a standing ovation in his return to Boston.
Thankfully, Boston came out in the second frame. Brad Marchand scored :32 seconds into the period off a nice passing play from Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Spooner.
Only 3:02 later, David Pastrnak took the term “crashing the net” to a more literal meaning after he crashed into the net right after he buried a goal assisted by David Krejci and Loui Eriksson.
Bruins netminder Jonas Gustavsson made some beautiful saves in the second period as well.
Columbus cut down Boston’s momentum just under 4 minutes later with a goal from Dalton Prout. Prout’s goal ends his 107-game goalless drought. Just 3:11 later, Nick Foligno tipped a goal home to tie the hockey game right back up. 2-2 after 2.
Shots for the middle period concluded at 10-9 CBJ.
The final period had the chance to be the winning period of either team. Given that, no team scored in the final frame. Boston managed to win the shot totals 8 to 6. Dennis Seidenberg and Patrice Bergeron had the best chances to score, but Korpisalo stopped both of them to help sent this game into extra regulation.
The 5 minute, 3-on-3 OT period had 10 total shots, 6 for Boston and 4 for Columbus. Boston had 1:55 of penalty kill time to start overtime, thanks to a penalty to Dennis Seidenberg with :5 seconds to go in the third. The B’s successfully killed it off, then they went on the power play after the Blue Jackets were caught with too many men on the ice. Torey Krug had a chance on that power play, but was unable to capitalize on it.
Due to the lack of goals in OT, the two teams set up their players for the one-on-one shootout. The order of goals is below:
BOS – Ryan Spooner – Goal
CBJ – Cam Atkinson – No Goal
BOS – Patrice Bergeron – No Goal
CBJ – Brandon Dubinsky – No Goal
BOS – Torey Krug – Goal
The Bruins now focus their attention to the Flyers in Philadelphia on Monday, followed by the Ducks in Boston on Tuesday in back-to-back games.
1st: Brad Marchand – BOS – 1 goal
2nd: Ryan Spooner – BOS – 1 assist & shootout goal
3rd: Jonas Gustavsson – BOS – 33 saves
Post Game Quotes:
“We’re not going to have our best game every night, and you have to be able to win games that you don’t play great in.” – Brad Marchand
“I usually like to come wide, shoot to the low side but he’s quick & smaller so I thought it actually wouldn’t work.” – Ryan Spooner on SO goal
“You’ve got to have guys that sacrifice & work hard to be able to kill something like that, and we did that.” – Jonas Gustavsson on OT PK.
“Wasn’t pretty tonight, but we came out with the two points and that’s what matters.” – Torey Krug