Bruins Rally Past the Ducks in a Shootout 3-2.


After dropping back-to-back games to both the Devils and the Penguins, the Bruins looked to snap their small losing skid as the Anaheim Ducks came into Boston to play at the Garden on Halloween.

It was announced earlier that Ryan Spooner was called up on Thursday morning from Providence.  He was placed into the third line for the game, centering Soderberg and Kelly.  Julien looked to end the Spoked B’s recent struggles by calling up the young forward.  Caron and Bartkowski were the healthy scratches against the Ducks.

The Ducks outskated the Bruins for a majority of the first period.  They jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead, less than two minutes into the game.  It was Devante Smith-Pelly who netted one after Soderberg allowed a turnover, at 1:52 into the game.

The game was not off to a good start for Boston.  After the goal, a little more than a minute later, Marchand was sent to the sin bin for an elbowing call.  Although, the Bruins managed to kill off Marchand’s penalty, they did not look very sharp early on..

The Bruins struggled offensively while Anaheim dominated.  The Black and Gold simply could not get a shot on the net.  It wasn’t until the final minute of the first period, when Chara was credited with the first shot on goal for the Bruins.  When the buzzer sounded, the Bruins were down.  They were in a 1-0 hole as they skated into the locker room.

If there’s one thing for sure, it was too early to count Boston out.  The Bruins have demonstrated this on more than one occasion recently.  They have the ability to put bad periods in the past and bounce back.

Whatever was said to the Bruins in the locker room, seemed to work.  As the second period began, the B’s appeared to be playing much sharper.  The Spoked B were much more alert and awake with the plays that they were making.  Their game had been lifted to a higher level.  They skated faster, and they were much more physical as they forechecked better.

At 12:45 in the second period, it was Carl Soderberg who tied the game.  The Swedish forward picked up his first career NHL goal as he backhanded a shot towards Jonas Hiller. Ryan Spooner assisted on Soderberg’s equalizer, as he notched his first career point in the NHL.

The second period was much smoother for the most part.  The score remained tied, and it looked as if the Bruins were outplaying the Ducks.  The Black and Gold had killed off all of the penalties that had been called against them leaving the Ducks unlucky on their powerplay.  The momentum seemed to have shifted a bit more in favor of the Bruins.

That was until Anaheim struck again.  There were less than thirty seconds remaining in the second frame of the game, when Perreult scored through Tuukka’s legs.

Johnny Boychuk exited the ice after being injured as he was sent crashing into the boards during a collision in the second.  It was announced that he wouldn’t return for the remainder of the game.  Following the game, Claude Julien said in interviews that there would be an update released tomorrow on Boychuk’s condition.

As the second period wrapped up, the Bruins found themselves in a familiar place once again: down by a goal.  After two, the Ducks led on shots on goal: 15-8.

The Bruins had plenty of chances during the third period.  Iginla got a huge shot off and Krejci had a chance but both were stopped.  It seemed as if the Anaheim net was allergic to Bruins shots on goals, as all of their chances were turned away or sent wide.

Time was quickly wearing down.  It looked for a while as if the Bruins would be unable to tie the game back up.  Then, Patrick Maroon was called for tripping at 17:02 in the third, and the B’s headed to one last power play of the game.

It was the big man, Zdeno Chara who tied the game for the Bruins playing down low on the power play.  Krejci fed him a pass, and Chara sent the puck by the goaltender, Jonas Hiller to tie the game.

The Bruins had come back twice.  Once again, they demonstrated their never say die attitude.  They didn’t give up, as they grinded it out. There were three minutes remaining in the game, and the Bruins had a chance to go ahead.  Instead, it went into overtime.

The puck dropped onto the ice for overtime.  Throughout the overtime, the B’s maintained good possession of the puck for a majority of the time.  They had a few good chances off the blades of both Krug and Hamilton, but in the end neither team could get a goal off.

That led to a shootout. Claude Julien sent Spooner, Iginla and Soderberg to take the shots for the Black and Gold.

Spooner was unsuccessful in his attempt.  Spooner demonstrated his speed as he swiftly skated towards Hiller but his shot was blocked.  Rask also said no as he stopped the shot from the stick of Bonino.

When it was Jarome Iginla’s turn to shoot, the veteran found success.  He netted the lone goal of the shootout.  Perry was unable to score off Rask.  Tuukka calmly turned away Perry’s shot.  Soderberg had a chance to win it for the Bruins, but Hiller stopped his shot.

As Getzlaf stepped up to the line for the Anehiem Ducks, for their last chance of the game, his shot rung the top of the goal and was deflected away.

The Bruins had rallied from behind to be able to win in a shootout.  A win is a win.

Chara had six shots on goal, as he played 29:45 on the ice tonight.  Tuukka Rask stopped 21 of the 23 shots that he faced.  The Bruins improved to 8-4-0 on the year.

The B’s slipped past the Ducks as they beat them 3-2.  They next take on the Islanders in New York on Saturday night.  They’ll look to improve from their slow start tonight, and aim to dominate from start to finish when they face the Isles.

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