Bruins Beat Columbus in Overtime 3-2

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The Bruins came into Thursday night looking to finish their home stand strong as they eyed their fourth consecutive victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  The Black and Gold has put together a string of impressive hockey games lately as they’ve been victorious against the Panthers, the Maple Leafs, and the Lightning.

It took a while for the TD Garden to fill up, but when it finally did, it marked the 177th consecutive sellout for a Bruins game.

Backup goalie, Chad Johnson got the start in net.  Johnson’s last start came on November 2nd when the Bruins lost to the Islanders.  Matt Bartkowski slid into place in the lineup for the injured Adam McQuaid who suffered a lower body injury.

It wasn’t long into the game, before the first penalty was called.  Brandon Dubinsky headed towards the box 2:59 into the first period handing the Bruins an early power play.  The Jackets killed off the penalty, but the Bruins spent 1:28 in the attacking zone and managed to get 2 shots off on goal during their power player.

A few minutes later, Matt Bartkowski was sent to the sin bin for interference at 5:15.  The Big Bad Bruins had no problem whatsoever on their penalty kill as they made it 23 penalties in a row that they had killed off.  Columbus spent less than half of their power play time in the attacking zone as they only managed to get 2 shots off.

The game continued on scoreless, then David Krejci was sent crumpling into the boards.  His helmet toppled from his head as he was crunched.  Dubinsky hit Krejci who lost his edge as he collided awkwardly into the boards and went down.  The boards came in contact with his head as he lost his balance.  The forward was clearly shaken up despite the hit being clean.  It took him several seconds before he was able to get up onto one knee. He skated off the ice on his own and headed down the tunnel to get checked out.  Kelly slid into Krejci’s spot on the first line and played with Iginla and Lucic.

Milan Lucic sought for some revenge upon seeing his line mate injured and found Dubinsky.  He was assigned a roughing penalty and the Bruins were short handed again.  That’s all right.  The Bruins once again killed another penalty.  They continued to make it look easy through out the entire night.

A few seconds after the Bruins successfully made it 24 penalties in a row that they had killed off, the Blue Jackets struck first.  It was the first time that the Bruins had found themselves down in a game since they played the Dallas Stars, in which they eventually lost to them in a shootout.

Blake Comeau got past Johnson.  The score was 1-0 in favor of Columbus.  The B’s looked as if they were sleeping on the play that allowed for Comeau to score.

Boston has never been known to be a quitter.  It meant nothing for them to be down early in the first period of a game.  There was plenty of hockey left on the clock.

Loui Eriksson netted his third goal of the season and his first in 8 games to tie it.  The Boston forward deflected a Chara shot off of his skate and into the goal.  It was reviewed but the call on the ice stood.  The goal was good.  The score was knotted at one at 18:13 in the first.

In the last few minutes of the first period, the Bruins had upped their level of intensity.  When the horn sounded signaling the end of the period, the B’s had 7 scoring chances compared to only 3 chances by Columbus.  They outshot the Jackets 11-8.

David Krejci was back on the ice for the start of the second period proving just how tough hockey players can be.  He had only played 5 shifts in the first and tallied 4:17 of ice time before he was injured.  He was ready to play again and looked no worse for wear.

Soderberg had a nice chance on a breakaway, as Kelly connected with a perfect pass to his stick.  The big Swede was out on the ice on his own, but his shot was turned away and blocked.  The score remained tied.

The Merlot line stepped up to put the Bruins ahead at 9:51 in the second period.  Shawn Thornton rocketed a shot and sent it past Bobrovsky on the glove side.  It was Thorty’s second goal of the year.  The forward had scored 3 goals in all of last season.  Campbell and Torey Krug picked up the assists on the go-ahead goal.  Krug now has notched points in his past five games.

Columbus refused to quit as they didn’t back down.  The game was far from over.  Johnson kicked away a rebound that found Foligno.  Nick Foligno scored easily to tie it up at 16:25 in the second on the backhand.

The Bruins skated into the second intermission tied at 2 goals a piece with the Blue Jackets.  They knew that they had to turn their game up a notch if they wanted to win.  The B’s led shots 23-20 heading into the final frame.

As the game wore on, it seemed as if the Bruins improved.  After playing a not so sharp second period in which Boston allowed for Columbus to tie the score, they were better.  Chad Johnson stood on his head a few times making huge saves.  His saves became fluid as he steadily improved quieting the doubters.  His confidence flourished as he turned away shot after shot.

Chris Kelly was sent to the box for tripping with 13:20 remaining in the game.  The Bruins didn’t allow for the Blue Jackets to score once again as their streak became 25 penalties killed.  A bit later, they killed off a Marchand penalty for interference and the stretch of penalties killed by the Bruins was now set at 26 in a row.

Momentum seemed to shift in favor of Boston as time wore on.  They got a few good chances off but didn’t make anything out of them.  The game was to be decided in over time as 60 minutes of hockey wasn’t enough.

Johnson remained calm, as he hushed his doubters all throughout overtime.  He made huge saves, turning away the Columbus attempts easily.

When there were 48.6 seconds left in overtime, it was all Milan Lucic.   The big forward found himself with a breakaway as he stepped up.  Lucic tore down the ice beating all of the defenders and flipped the puck through the five-hole to win it for Boston.  It was Lucic’s 8th goal of the season, tying the number of goals he had during the 2013 regular season.

The Bruins topped Columbus 3-2 in overtime.  It was their fourth straight win.  Rookie, Chad Johnson stopped 32 of the 34 shots that he faced.  The B’s managed to continue their impressive penalty kill streak which now stands at 26.  The Black and Gold finished off their home stand securing 9 out of 10 possible points as they head to play the Senators in Ottawa on Friday night.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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Bruins Shut Out The Lightning 3-0

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The Bruins squared off with the Tampa Bay Lightning for a one o’ clock Veteran’s Day Matinee.  It was the only game of the day in the National Hockey League.  The B’s wanted to continue their early season success against the Lightning.

The Spoked B rocked camouflage jerseys during warm-ups showing their gratitude for all veterans on Military Appreciation Day at the Garden.  Bartwkoski, Boychuk, Krejci, Krug and Seidenberg all purchased $2500 worth of tickets for military and their family members.

Adam McQuaid did not play as he was out due to the injury he suffered in the first period of the game against the Leafs.  Matt Bartkowski slid into his slot as he got the start.

From the get go, the B’s were dominant.  A spring was in their steps as Tampa Bay was getting outplayed.  Boston picked up right where they had left off after the 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins had five shots on goal after 2:56 of hockey in the first frame.  They were overpowering and outplaying the Bolts.

At 7:59 in the first period, birthday boy, Chris Kelly was called for a goaltender interference penalty.  The 33 year old headed towards the sin bin.  The Black and Gold held the Bolts to only one shot on goal as they killed off another penalty.  It was a streak of 19 successful penalty kills in a row for Boston.

During the first, the Bruins had their fair share of chances.  Marchand and Iginla nearly netted goals, but they were both stopped.  The Lucic-Krejci-Iginla line continued to look good as they have definitely found their chemistry.  As the siren rang out it was scoreless after one.  The Bruins skated towards the locker room outshooting the Lightning 12-7.

Since scoring his second goal of the season and getting the monkey off his back, Brad Marchand seems to have developed his confidence on the ice again.  He was one of the best players for the Bruins through out the game.

The first period dominance didn’t seem to carry over to the beginning of the second frame as much.  The Lightning raised their game as they attempted to match the way the B’s were playing.  They had a few decent chances but were stopped time and time again as Rask simply denied them.

Early on in the second, Hamilton was called on a delay of game penalty.  The Bruins killed off their 20th penalty in a row and made it look easy.  They didn’t allow Tampa Bay to register any shots on goal during the penalty kill.

Ever since Boston allowed a few power play goals in the disappointing loss to the Devils, they’ve completely turned their penalty kill around.  They’re making better decisions, looking confident, take up plenty of room on the ice despite being down a man, and haven’t allowed their opponents to come too close to scoring.

There was a terrible moment as Steven Stamkos went down.  He and Dougie Hamilton were in a race towards the Lightning goal and collided. Stamkos’s was sent crashing into the goal post.  He struggled to get up to his feet but fell back down as he writhed in pain on the ice.  He was attended to but would not return.  He had to be carted off on a stretcher and was quickly brought to a hospital.  It was announced after the game that he was out indefinitely with a broken right tibia.

The crowd at the Garden was now subdued as the game began after the injury delay.  The injury that had taken place in front of the fans was gruesome.

17:09 in the second period was when the B’s struck first.  The crowd erupted again as Bergeron scored at the doorstep.  It was the forward’s third goal in two games.

Twenty seconds later, Daniel Paille scored on the backhand.  It was the quickest that the Bruins had scored back to back on the season so far.  Gregory Campbell picked up his first point of the year with an assist on the goal.  Now every player on the Bruins has at least a point.  Tampa Bay had tried to poke the bear, but Boston would not let them get away with it.

The second period wrapped up with the Bruins leading 2-0 over the Lightning.  The shots on goals were tied at 18 a piece, but the Bruins had more scoring opportunities.  The B’s had managed to quiet Tampa’s sizzling offense and took over.

The Lightning tried to find their spark in the third but they were stopped each time.  There was more unfortunate luck for Tampa Bay as Salo was injured and didn’t return for the remainder of the game.

Gregory Campbell tried to drop the gloves with Killorn but the referees stepped in and said no.  Campbell was fired up and angry, as he wanted to go with Killorn.  Killorn obviously said something to Soupy which got him going.  Soupy turned on him, firing out a string of choice words but the two didn’t engage in a tussle.  Instead, Campbell was sent to the penalty box for a cross checking call.

The B’s killed off a few more penalties and finished the game having killed 22 penalties in a row.  Tampa Bay was not given many opportunities on their power play.  They basically had nothing to work with and couldn’t get more than a shot with each power play.  The Bruins controlled.  There were a few power plays in which the Lightning couldn’t even fire a single shot towards the net.

It looked as if the Bruins had sealed the deal on the game on what would have been a goal by David Krejci.  It was waved off due to goalie interference on Jarome Iginla.  The play wasn’t reviewed and the game continued with the B’s leading 2-0.

A few minutes later, the Black and Gold got their goal back.  The Tampa Bay net was empty as Lucic fed a pass to Iginla who scored on the vacant net.  The game was over.  The Bruins had won 3-0 and beat the Lightning for the third time this season.  The victory today, allowed for the Bruins to clinch the season series with Tampa as they continued to show their authority over Florida teams.

The B’s jumped into second place in the Atlantic Division and now are sitting behind Tampa Bay.  It’s safe to say that they’ve put their early season slump behind them.  They’ve won three in a row, and hope to continue this tear of dominance that they’ve recently displayed.

Tuukka Rask stopped all 28 of the shots he faced and picked up his second shutout of the season.  Boston has now improved to 11-5-1 on the year.  They’ll look to wrap up their home stand on Thursday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets head to town.  The Bruins will aim for their fourth win in a row.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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The Bruins Cruise Past the Panthers 4-1

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Prior to tonight the Bruins had been 1-3-1 in their last five games.  It was not a streak that Boston was proud of, as they had strung together several disappointing performances in a row.  The most recent came on Tuesday night, after they suffered a tough loss to the Dallas Stars during a shootout.  Former B, Rich Peverley netted the game winner as the Stars managed to slip past the Bruins.

Claude Julien was looking for anything that he could to work with.  He hoped to somehow empower his team to find some spark and get going.  The Bruins weren’t playing the game that they were capable of.  It was time to wake up.  Every single player on the team had hopes to improve their game and get a win as the struggling Florida Panthers rolled into town.

Tim Thomas wasn’t able to make his first return to the Garden after signing with the Panthers, due to an injury to many fans dismay.  Once again, Julien used Matt Bartkowski and Jordan Caron as the healthy scratches for the Spoked B.

It was Tuukka Time at the Garden, as the goalie squared off against Scott Clemmensen.  Five minutes into the game, Kelly took a rough elbow to the jaw from Jesse Winchester.  Kelly went down and managed to skate off the ice on his own before he headed straight to the locker room to get checked out.  There was no penalty on the play although both of Winchester’s feet were off the ice during the hit.

Gregory Campbell soon dropped the gloves with Winchester as he stood up for his teammate.  The crowd was stirring, as punches were thrown.  Both Campbell and Winchester were assigned matching penalty majors for fighting.  The bout was short, but Campbell did what he needed to do as he defended Kelly.

Kelly returned to the ice a few minutes later, and he was good to go.  Not too long after, Dougie Hamilton was sent to the sin bin on a hooking call.  The Panthers only managed to get two shots off  during their power play.  The Bruins successfully killed the penalty.  Not soon after returning to full strength, the B’s were back on the kill as Soderberg was assigned a high sticking penalty.  During that kill, The Bruins did not allow a single shot on net.  The Bruins had killed off thirteen straight penalties in a row.

Other than a few penalties on the Bruins, the first period ended pretty dully.  Overall, it was uneventful and the skating was once again slow.  The most interesting part of the period, hands down had to be the Campbell fight.  After one frame, Florida had an 8-7 shot on goal advantage.

29 seconds into the second period, the B’s headed to a familiar place once again: the penalty kill. Bergeron was sent to the box on a hooking call.  The Bruins killed off their third penalty on the night making it look easy.

Boston was struggling.  They headed to the power play after a tripping call on the black cats, and could only get three shots off on goal.  The chances were coming and the opportunities were plentiful, but luck wasn’t on their side.

Luck could only be against the Bruins for so long.  The Lucic-Krejci-Iginla line finally broke through as Krejci tallied the go ahead goal. Krejci aimed a low shot, and one timed the puck past Clemmensen.  Boston had scored first in a game after going four games in a row in which they had allowed the other team to strike first.

The Big Bad Bruins had stirred.  They were awake, as Bergeron’s line had a good effort following Krejci’s goal.  Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Krys Barch getting the crowd into the game even more.  The Garden roared as Thorty easily man handled Barch.  They were old foes as the two fought together for the seventh time overall in their careers.  Fighting majors were handed out to the pair, but the crowd was into it as Thornton skated off.

There was a scare on the ice as Bergeron took a puck to the face and went to the room to get looked at.  The forward didn’t return for the remainder of the period but was back out there in the third.  He looked no worse for wear.  It was difficult to keep a guy who once played through a punctured lung and a separated shoulder out of the game.

The siren blared signaling the end of the second period and the Bruins were up 1-0.  They were looking much better, but were nowhere near finished.  Both teams had 9 shots on goal during the period; overall the shots on goal were in favor of Florida as they led 17-16.  The game was still close, but wouldn’t be for long.

Brad Marchand was able to get the monkey off his back as he tallied his first goal since October 5th.   The Nose Faced Killah got his second goal of the year as he put the B’s up 2-0 at 4:09 in the final period.  The effort that the gritty forward had been showing lately, finally paid off.

Torey Krug decided to join in on the goal scoring fun, as the defenseman scored his sixth goal on the young season.  He is now tied with Eric Karlsson for most goals in the NHL by a defenseman.  The Bruins were up 3-0 as Krug had lengthened the lead.  The young defenseman is second on the team in goals, only behind Milan Lucic who has seven of his own.

The Panthers threatened to show a bit of life, as Jesse Winchester scored on a Bjugstad rebound.  But the B’s soon silenced the kitties as Reilly Smith added to the lead.  Smith netted the final goal of the game as he scored at 18:13 from the slot.

It was 4-1.  The damage had been done as time ran out.  The B’s had finally showed up.  Overall, it was a great effort from Boston.  As the game wore on, each line seemed to improve with every shift that they took.  The team was determined as they went out and finally dug out a good win.  The Merlot line was the only line to be kept without a goal on the night, but they did have two fights. The Big Bad Bruins looked as if they were back.  It was the game that they had wanted to play.

Tuukka Rask stopped 23 of the 24 shots that he faced, as he continues to be nearly impeccable on home ice this season.  Rask now has a .958 save percentage as the team picked up 2 points on the evening.  Reilly Smith had a big two-point night as well, as he tallied a 13:08 time on ice.

The Bruins broke out against the Panthers.  On Saturday night, they’ll hope to play in similar fashion when the Maple Leafs head into Beantown.  If the Black and Gold can continue to demonstrate the effort that they had against the Panthers, then they should have no trouble as they face the Leafs for the first time since the famous Game 7 Comeback.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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Bruins Fall to the Stars in a Shootout

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The shower of boos that rang from the crowd were surrounded by a few scattered welcome back cheers here and there as Tyler Seguin’s name was announced at the TD Garden on Tuesday night.  It was the much-anticipated return of both Seguin and Rich Peverley to play their former team for the first time after being dealt to Dallas in the trade in July.  The Bruins were looking to bounce back after a rough loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night as they began a stretch of five game home stand.

Loui Eriksson and Johnny Boychuk returned to the lineup for the Bruins.  Eriksson missed over a week while being out with a concussion, and Boychuk missed a game with a back injury.  Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski were the healthy scratches for the Bruins.

Seguin took the opening draw against his former team and the game was on.  The Bruins came into the matchup, hoping for their game to finally click and come together.  A Dallas penalty was called 1:01 into the game as Whitney was sent to the penalty box for high sticking.  The Stars were able to successfully kill off the penalty, as the Bruins couldn’t capitalize on the chance.

On the first shot of the game that the Stars sought, the captain Jamie Benn sent the puck past Tuukka Rask.  The Stars were up 1-0.  The Bruins found themselves in a familiar place once again: they were down early.  This seemed to be a recurring trend for the Bruins as of late.  It was much too early to count them out.  It had been a long time since they had last led a game.

No more than 38 seconds later, the Bruins answered.  Reilly Smith fed Torey Krug a pass and Krug netted the equalizer.  While playing down low, Krug tipped the puck into the net.  The game was tied at one a piece and that was when the Bruins took control of the period.

Johnny Boychuk came right back from his injury and dropped Verne Fiddler, after Fiddler charged Boychuk.  The two were assigned penalties.  Fiddler was sentenced an extra two minutes for roughing because he was the one who attempted to go after Boychuk.  Note to all: don’t mess with Johnny Boychuk, he is one very tough hockey player.

The Black and Gold led the Stars in shots on net.  At one point they led shots on goal at a lopsided number of: 15-3.  As the siren sounded signaling the end of the period, the Spoked B and the Stars were tied.  The Bruins had peppered 18 shots at net and the Stars had 10.  The only factor that was keeping Dallas in the game was their goalie: Lehtonen.

The second period followed the same suit like much of the Bruins more recent play.  It was boring.  They were not as sharp as they had been during the first period.  They didn’t dominate nor did they take charge of the play.  The Stars seemed to have gathered their skates beneath them as they found their game and started playing with Boston.  They started shooting at the net.  Soon Boston and Dallas were tied for shots on goal.  By the end of the period, the Stars were leading in that category.  The B’s were outshot 13-4 throughout the second frame.

The Bruins needed to do something.  They needed to be able to produce a timely goal to be able to take a lead.  It had been since October 31st, in which a Bruins forward had last scored.  That forward was Carl Soderberg.  Since October 31st, Hamilton, Krug, and Chara had done the scoring for the B’s.

The third period arose and the B’s faced the challenge of killing off a double minor penalty that Smith drew for high sticking.   After the big kill of the double minor the penalty, momentum seemed to be on the side of the Black and Gold for now.

Boston got a few good chances.  Marchand had a chance to score, but the forward couldn’t deliver.  He simply hasn’t been able to find his stride during the season so far.  The effort is clearly there and so is the want to play well, but he hasn’t been able to find his game yet.  With time, it should come.

The Bruins finally got back on top with 7:53 remaining in the final period.  Milan Lucic netted his seventh goal of the year, after Krejci set up a beautiful play.  Krejci passed to Hamilton who took a shot and Lucic tipped it in.  It was 2-1 Bruins.

The B’s had the lead.  That lead didn’t last very long.  Seidenberg hooked Fiddler and Fiddler was rewarded a penalty shot.  Fiddler made it look easy, going one on one against Rask as he scored.  The game was tied again.

For the rest of the game, the Bruins were unable to muster up any luck.  They skated into a 2-2 tie with Dallas and headed to overtime.  In Bruins play history they have never been able to beat the Stars in overtime or a shootout.  They hoped to change that.

The Stars controlled the puck for most of the five-minute overtime.  Krug had a good chance, but was stopped by the Dallas goaltender.  Neither team was unable to score which then meant one thing: it was time for a shootout in Boston.

Claude Julien sent: Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson out to take the shootout for Boston.  Lindy Ruff decided on Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alex Chiasson.

Bergeron scored for the Bruins as he led off.  Rask then denied Jamie Benn.  Iginla tried to deliver a goal for Boston but Lehtonen calmly said no.  All too soon, it was time for two old friends to meet again: Tuukka and Seguin.  Seguin greeted Rask with one of his shootout goals.  He is known for being very good during shootouts.  After Seguin scored, Lehtonen also stopped Loui Eriksson.  Chiasson couldn’t net one on his chance for Dallas either.

Next, Julien decided upon Krejci who missed the net.  It was Rich Peverley’s time to shoot against Boston.  He scored on his former team, winning the shootout.  The Stars came out on top.

Despite losing 3-2 during the shootout, the Bruins still picked up a point during the game.  The B’s are now 8-5-1 on the season as they struggled to play a full game of hockey against the Stars.  In their last 5 games, they are 1-3-1.  They will next take on the Panthers on Thursday night at home.

Hopefully, the Bruins will be able to get out of what seems to be a mini slump soon.  After the game, Claude Julien was quite fired up.  He said: “That’s what we’re doing right now: we’re finding ways to lose versus finding ways to win.”

It is clear that the entire team put forth an effort, as they were unable to stumble past the Stars.  Hopefully, when the Panthers come to town, the Bruins will be able to turn their game around.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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

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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.

B’s Shock The Bolts: 5-0

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For the second time on this young season, the Bruins met with the Lightning.  This time the matchup was in Tampa Bay.

Up until game time, it was unclear who would play on the third line for the B’s.  Carl Soderberg, who had been dealing with an injury was cleared to play earlier in the week.  That left Claude Julien with a game time decision for the night’s healthy scratches.

Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski ended up as the healthy scratches.  The third line was set.  It was: Marchand-Kelly-Soderberg.  The Swedish forward, Soderberg was seeing ice during a game for the first time on the season.

The Bruins, who have been struggling to finish games all season, didn’t have any problems with that factor.  They seemed to enjoy themselves out there, as Tampa Bay didn’t seem to be having much fun.  In fact, they seemed to be having no fun whatsoever as the Bruins started their scoring early.

1:32 into the first period, David Krejci picked up his first goal of the season.  Milan Lucic fed Krejci a pass as they streaked down the ice together, the puck went back to Lucic who beat past the defenders and passed to Krejci who sent it into the net for the first goal on the evening.

Gregory Campbell dropped his gloves for his first fight of the year about thirty seconds after the Krejci goal with Combreen.  It wasn’t a long battle, and they both headed off to the penalty box for fighting majors.

The rest of the period remained scoreless and the Black and Gold headed into the locker room with a lead.  They led in shots on goal: 10-9 in the first frame. Bergeron had 3 of those shots, while Lucic and Krug each had 2.

It did not take long for the scoring to begin in the second period.  Adam McQuaid netted his first goal of the season with a wrist shot that went unassisted less than five minutes into the period.  Iginla blinded goaltender, Ben Bishop, as he screened on McQuaid’s shot.

The Lighting didn’t seem to make much more noise for pretty much the rest of the game.  Patrice Bergeron scored 14:52 into the second period and was assisted by both Smith and Eriksson.  Then 55 seconds later, Chris Kelly scored.  The Bruins were up 4-0.  It was Kelly’s third goal on the season.

Marchand and Soderberg had the assists on Kelly’s goal.  It is safe to say that Chris Kelly is definitely off to a much better start than he was off to last year.   Last season, it took him 14 games for him to net his first goal of the season.  Now, he already has 3 through the first 7 games.  He has helped lead the third line to be one of the most consistent lines for the Bruins so far.

Tampa Bay switched goalies after the fourth Boston goal.  Ben Bishop had not allowed more than 2 goals in a game until tonight.  Anders Lindback came into replace him.  During the first two periods of play, Patrice Bergeron had 6 shots on net and one goal.  He led the Spoked B forwards in time on ice.

Shawn Thornton decided to have some fun, as he netted his first goal of the season.  The Bruins were up 5-0, 34 seconds into the third period.  There was nothing that was going to stop them against the Lightning.

Every player on the Bruins now has a point so far during the season except for Gregory Campbell.  Soupy’s will come in only a matter of time, he will not be kept pointless for very long.

In the final minutes of the game, both Adam McQuaid and Iginla dropped their gloves.  Quaider fought Nate Thompson.  Iginla squared off with Gudas.  Iginla and Gudas both fought on opening night at the Garden.

The Bruins finished off their night as they shocked the Bolts.  They topped them 5-0.  It was the first game on the season where they looked truly dominant.  They played the game that they wanted to play from start to finish.

In his post-game interview, Bergeron said: “I think everyone showed up from the drop of the puck tonight and obviously it shows on the result.”

Tuukka saved 23 out of the 23 shots that he faced as he picked up his first shutout on the year.  12 Boston players ended up with their names on the official point sheet as nearly everyone joined in on the fun.  The Bruins finish off their three game road trip with a game against Buffalo on Wednesday.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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Bruins Slip Past Thomas and The Panthers 3-2

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The Bruins kicked off their three game road trip as they met the Florida Panthers.  Some excitement was added when it was announced that ex Bruin, Tim Thomas would get the start in goal for Florida.

Tim Thomas won the cup with Boston in 2011 before he decided to take a year off.  Now he is trying to make a comeback.  After a year of not playing, he has recently been battling a groin injury that has kept him from a few games.  He won both the Conn Smythe and the Veniza Trophy in 2011 during their Bruins Stanley Cup victory.  It was the first game back for the goaltender from his groin injury.  It was the match up that everyone was waiting for.

Fans looked forward to see what Thomas would do as he made his first start against his former team.  It was Timmy vs. Tuukka.  No one would know until the end of the game what would happen and who would come out with the win.

The B’s jumped out to a fast start looking to dominate after losing to Detroit in their last game.  It didn’t take very long for them to strike first.  Daniel Paille was fed a pass from Seidenberg.  Paille streaked forward and flipped a wrist shot as he sent the puck past his old friend 3:35 seconds into the first period.

With 8:44 remaining in the period, Shawn Matthias drew a hooking penalty and was sent to the box.  The Boston power play unit set to work as they looked to add on to their lead.  Dougie Hamilton joined in on the fun as he picked up his first goal of the season during the power play.  Both Krejci and Chara assisted on his goal.  Hamilton’s goal broke the Bruin’s 0-12 streak on the power play.  They were finally rewarded with some success.

As the period drew to a close, the Spoked B looked to be dominating.  They controlled the puck for nearly half of the period as they battled hard.  Their physical game was brought to the rink tonight.  The Bruins led with 15 shots on goal while the Panthers only fired 8 at Rask.  All in all, it was a good period as Tuukka turned out some good saves.  They looked to be completely outplaying Tim Thomas and his team.  The Panthers were unable to score or do much of anything in the first.

Florida got their first big opportunity of the game, on a delayed penalty call.  Thomas skated towards the Panthers’ bench and the extra skater came on.  Krejci was supposed to be sent to the box but would never make it there as Kris Versteeg scored with 12:32 to go in the period.  His goal went in on Rask’s glove side to get the Panthers on the board.  The B’s lead was slipping away.  It was now 2-1.

The Bruins seemed to lose a bit of their game that they brought in the first period.  The conditions on the ice became a bit sloppy.  The passing wasn’t nearly as sharp and they weren’t skating as hard.  The Panthers were able to control the puck a bit more and got some good shots off Rask.  Boston did not bring as much of their physical game to the ice as they had in the first.  The momentum of the game seemed to shift.

With 1:36 to go in the second period, Reilly Smith was sent to the sin bin on a tripping call.  The Bruins did a good job of killing off the penalty for the rest period.  When the period finished the Black and Gold led shots on goal: 26-16.

The third period began with the Bruins finishing off the penalty kill.  The game was very much the same that it had been in the second period, as the B’s had not raised their game like the Panthers had been doing to theirs.  Tim Thomas was keeping his team very much in the game.

Krejci was able to draw a power play after getting high-sticked by Kulikov.  As blood was drawn, the penalty time was 4:00 and the Big Bad Bruins looked to add on another goal.  They couldn’t score during the double minor penalty but managed to have a few chances.

The period wore on.  During a scramble in front of the Bruins’ net, Jesse Winchester was able to notch the equalizer with six minutes to go.  The game was tied.  For a few minutes, no one was sure who would win the game.  Boston and Florida continued to battle as time trickled on.

It looked as if the two teams would head to overtime.  The Bruins who came out looking to win were not playing their best hockey during the later periods.  The Bruins had a few chances as Boychuk tried to send a Johnny Rocket towards Tim Thomas.  Nothing went in.  Time was running out and luck did not seem to be on either team’s side.

With less than a minute to go, Reilly Smith broke the tie.  The forward who came over in the Seguin trade, got his first goal with the Spoked B.  He managed to send a backhand shot between the legs of Thomas with 58.7 seconds left in the game.  The Bruins were up for good.

The Panthers tried to score again but time wasn’t on their side.  Tim Thomas was pulled but the score remained the same as the Bruins slid past the Panthers.

Tuukka allowed 2 goals and tallied 29 saves on the night. The B’s pounded 40 shots at goal and Thomas allowed 3 of them to slide in the net.  Reilly Smith, who had been moved to the second line to play with Eriksson and Bergeron, had 4 shots on goal.  The young forward is beginning to open several eyes as he continues to impress.  He has stepped up his game and has been good in the first several games for Boston that he has played in.

After beating the Panthers 3-2, the B’s will next head to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning for the second time this year on Saturday night.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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Bruins Fall Short 3-2 to Detroit

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For the second time on the young season, the Bruins and Red Wings met again.  They squared off for an afternoon matinee on Columbus Day.  The B’s were coming off a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jackets and hoped their luck would continue against Detroit.

Backup goalie, Jonas Gustavsson was a last minute change for the Red Wings after Jimmy Howard suffered a hand injury during warm-ups.  It was the first start for Gustavsson on the year.  For Boston, Shawn Thornton was skating in his 500th career game.

During the opening half of the first period, the Black and Gold came out looking much more awake and alert than they did on Saturday versus the Jackets.  They were quicker to discover their game and gets shots off.  The Wings however had brought their game too after losing to the Bruins in the first meeting of the season between these two teams.

Detroit struck first at 11:33, as Datsyuk was able to sneak by Chara and flipped a backhanded pass to Zetterberg who sent the puck into the top of the net past Rask.  Boston was down, but it was too early to consider them out completely.

Fans knew better than to count the Spoked B out early on.  Boston sports fans had already witnessed two incredible come from behind wins for both the Patriots and the Red Sox yesterday and were hoping that the Bruins would continue the trend.  The fans in the Garden, sat tight as they were hopeful for the Bruins to quickly tie the game up and take control.  The Boston Bruins faithful hoped that they could experience some come from behind magic of their own.

And just like that, the Bruins did tie the game up at 14:12 in the first period.  Loui Eriksson netted his second goal in a Boston sweater, as he was able to deflect a Johnny Boychuk shot.  For the second time in two games, Eriksson had scored and this time he was able to do it in front of the home crowd.

The Bruins skated into the first intermission in a 1-1 tie with the Red Wings.  Halfway through the second period, the Wings took the lead again and it would stay that way for the remainder of the game.

At 8:21, Weiss scored for Detroit on a pass assisted by Johan Franzen.  2:20 later, the Red Wings scored again as they added another goal to pad their lead.  Cleary picked up his first goal on the season, assisted by Daniel Alfredsson.  It was the first time on the season in which Tuukka Rask had allowed more than one goal during a game.

In the second period, Boston was unable to cut into Detroit’s two goal lead.  They had their chances however, but simply struggled to score.  Torey Krug had a few impressive opportunities, but none of his shots connected with the back of the net.

The Bruins went up on the power play with 8:30 left in the second period.  Krug drew a penalty on Brian Lashoff.  Lashoff was sent off for cross checking.  The Red Wings blocked off all the shots that the Bruins desperately tried to get at the net and the B’s only got away with a single shot on goal during the power play.

As the horn sounded to end the second, Boston was down by two goals heading into the locker room.  There was still 20 minutes of hockey remaining in the game, and that was plenty of time for the Bruins to hopefully muster up a dramatic comeback.

In the third, the chances for the Bruins came.  The goals were a different story.  The Spoked B has been struggling recently to be able to finish off an opportunity by finding the back of the net.  When they need to get goals, the opportunities seem to present themselves but they continue to fall short of scoring.

The B’s were rewarded a power play early in the third period.  Kronwall was dealt a call for holding.  A few seconds later, Cleary, one of the Detroit goal scorers, was sent off for tripping.  The Bruins would have the next 1:54 to have a 5-3-man advantage.  Julien called a timeout with 15:04 left to talk about approaches that they could take.

The Big Bad Bruins had several chances during the power play.  They were fighting as they attempted shot after shot.  Gustavsson turned away everything.  Detroit players managed to block a multitude of the shots on the power play.  Iginla had chances as he wound up on a few one-timers, but they to were sent wide.

Boston was 0-5 on the power play today.  The B’s continued to fight however.  They searched to get everything they could at the net, peppering shots, but luck was not on their side.  The B’s grinded out several chances, but in the end those chances were sent to waste.

With a 1:20 left in the game, Milan Lucic was able to finally find the back of the net.  For Milan, it was the hundredth goal of his career and a chance to bring his team back into the game.  The Bruins were now only down by one and there was still plenty of time to try for another goal.  Rask was pulled within the final minute of the game, but the Bruins fell short.

The Bruins lost to the Red Wings 3-2 and were unable to produce a comeback despite all their opportunities.  In the final minute of play, they had perhaps their best chances of the game but nothing went in.

After the game, Claude Julien spoke about the Bruins’ recent scoring problems.  “We’re really struggling with our finish right now… chances are coming but goals not easy,” he said in his post game interviews.

The loss didn’t come due to lack of effort.  The Bruins were pushed hard by the Red Wings and were able to skate with them.  They tried to create chances but simply fell short of being able to score.  The Bruins are not a group of guys with the tendency to give up when the going gets rough.  They will continue to keep working at getting goals when they need them until they are able to succeed.

Rask made 24 saves of the 27 shots that he faced today.  Iginla led the team with 5 shots on goal and Marchand had 4.  It was a much better game for the forward who had been pushed to the third line for the second game in a row.  The Bruins will next be back in action on Thursday night as they travel to play the Florida Panthers.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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Bruins Tally a 3-1 Win Over Columbus

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The Black and Gold travelled to Ohio today and squared off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on the first road game of the season.  It was the 700th career game coached by Claude Julien, as well as both Soderberg’s and Mcquaid’s birthdays.  The Bruins came in looking to win.  They were aiming to rebound after suffering a tough loss against the Avalanche on Thursday night.

The two teams did not jump out to a fast start.  It took several minutes for them to gather up their game during the matinee matchup.  Dougie Hamilton was the healthy scratch for the B’s as Matt Bartkowski played in his first game of the young season.

A bit less than halfway through the first period, Shawn Thornton threw some punches with Jared Boll as the gloves were torn off.  The fight was short, as both players looked to ignite their teams.  They both were sent off the ice with fighting majors.

The period ticked away scoreless.  Bergeron was called for a holding penalty with 1:42 remaining in the first.  He was sent off as the Columbus power play units set to work.  The power play didn’t last for too long as Johnson scored on a one-timer.  Columbus had scored the go ahead goal at 18:52 in the first period and would head into the locker room holding onto the 1-0 lead.

When the horn sounded, the Spoked B’s led shots on goal 7-4.  They were tied for face-off wins with Columbus as both teams had 8 a piece.  The Bruins have allowed 5 goals on the season.  Out of the 5 goals, 4 of them have come within the final 4 minutes of a period.  Not a very pretty statistic right there.

The Bruins were down but they were not out.  There was still plenty of hockey left to be played.  A clean sheet of ice was waiting for them to start the second period.

Boston went on the power play for the first time early on in the second period.  Jenner picked up a double minor as he wished McQuaid a happy birthday by sending a high stick into his face.  McQuaid headed off the ice to get attended to, and would quickly return.  Halfway through the double minor, Seidenberg was called for tripping and the two teams skated four on four.

Kelly was tagged on a hooking call at 14:02 in the second as the B’s were served their fourth penalty of the day.  Kelly has been one of the best penalty killers on the year.  Paille had a short-handed bid on a breakaway but couldn’t seize enough of the opportunity as his shot was blocked.

Soon enough, Kelly made up for his trip to the sin bin as he scored the game-tying goal.  He was fed a pass from Jarome Iginla and scored on a strong slapshot.  The game-tying goal was the only one of the period.  Four games into the season and Kelly already has scored a pair of goals.  It took him 14 games last season to get his first.

The Bruins went back up on the power play with 1:25 left in the period as Wiesniewski was sent off for a roughing penalty, and they would carry some of that power play time into the third.

As the first forty minutes rolled to a halt, the B’s had won 21 face-offs compared to the Blue Jackets’ 14.  They were leading in shots: 23-17.  The momentum of the game had swayed in favor of the Bruins thanks to Chris Kelly.

In the third, Claude Julien switched things up.  He pulled Brad Marchand from his usual spot on the second line.  Reilly Smith who came over in the Dallas trade was slid into Marchand’s slot.  Marchand was put on the third line with Kelly and Caron.  Marchand had been struggling for a majority of the game.  He allowed a few turnovers.  Julien looked to motivate the forward to further find his game.  Smith seemed to easily adjust and was able to find chemistry with both Bergeron and Eriksson.  The three skated well together, and Smith was at ease.

49 seconds into the final period, and Loui Eriksson was welcomed to Boston as he scored the game winner for the B’s.  It was his first goal with his new team.  Bergeron and Smith both tallied the assists on Eriksson’s goal.

The Bruins were ahead and it would stay that way.  They kept a majority of the play down at the Blue Jackets’ end and didn’t allow for them to find the back of the net for the remainder of the game.  Columbus desperately tried to notch the equalizer but couldn’t.

The Jackets had another chance as they tried to drill Tuukka with shots.  Tuukka however was Tuukka.  He remained calm, cool, and collected in the net, as he simply said no time after time to the Blue Jackets.

Johnny Boychuk threw his body on the line as he lay out to block a shot.  He was slow to get up as he struggled to his skates.  He headed to the bench and was back on the ice a few moments later.  Boychuk symbolizes an aurora of toughness and it is one of his signature trademarks that his teammates love him for.  He isn’t afraid to get his body in front of the puck, even with the threat of getting injured.  During the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, he often did the same.

The Bruins went on the power play one more time during the game, but were unable to score.  Columbus pulled their net minder towards the end of the game, and Milan Lucic sealed the deal for Boston.  He won the puck battle and was able to score the insurance goal from the face-off circle.

The Bruins capped off the game with a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jackets to get back on the winning track.  The Bid Bad Bruins improved to 3-1 on the year.  Rask made 27 saves on the day.  Eriksson played 19:18 on the ice and led his team with 6 shots on goal.

The Black and Gold will go back to the Garden for a Monday afternoon game against their new division rivals the Red Wings.

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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Bruins Shut Out 2-0 by Colorado

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The Bruins have had their fair share of recent struggles against the Colorado Avalanche.  The Bruins have not beaten the Avalanche in Boston in their last 7 games against them. In that stretch of 7 games, the Bruins are 0-5-1-1.  That winless streak is the most for the Bruins against any of the other teams they’ve faced in NHL.  Tonight was the first time that two teams squared off since October 10, 2011.

After four days of not facing any game action, the Bruins came out of the gate a bit lagged.  They were unable to find a groove until midway through the first period.

Two minutes into the game, the Bruins went on the power play.  They weren’t able to capitalize on the opportunity as Jamie McGinn was sent to the box.  During the power play, the Bruins had one lone shot.  The Avalanche ended up nearly scoring short handed on a MacKinnion and O’Reilly 2-1 breakaway.

As the game wore on, the Bruins play improved.  They seemed to shake off any of the rust that they might have been feeling.  The Bruins gathered their skates beneath them and began to finally match both the speed and they upped their game level to Colorado’s.

The Bruins had their fair share of chances during the first period.  Kelly’s line was once again consistent like it has been for the first two games of the season.  A shot off of Kelly’s stick rattled the post.  Boychuk also had a rocket of a shot that blasted off the post a few minutes later.  Boychuk’s drive came on the second Boston power play of the night. It was one of the best chances the Bruins had in the first frame.

The first goal of the game came at 19:20 during a David Krejci penalty.  Colorado had a break as Benoit shot and O’Reilly tipped his shot into the net past Rask.  The Avalanche went up 1-0 and led Boston in shots on goal during the first period 14-10.  The power play goal was the first one that the B’s have allowed on the season.

In the second period, the Bruins were unable to unravel the mystery of Avalanche net minder: Jean-Sebastien Giguere.  Giguere was on tonight as he stopped everything that came his way.

Goaltending proved to be the difference maker.  The Bruins kept the pressure on Giguere throughout the night.  There were notable scoring chances in the second period off the sticks of both Paille and Lucic.

Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Patrick Bordeleau.  The Garden rumbled as Thorty headed to the box to serve his second fighting major of the young season.

Milan Lucic tried to get into a bout with Gabriel Landeskog towards the end of the second.  But, the captain, Landeskog refused to go with Lucic.  The two shouted back and forth at one another for a while before Lucic became fired up and pushed Landeskog.  The shove earned Lucic a trip to the sin bin and he had to serve a lengthy 10-minute misconduct penalty.

The second period wound down with the Bruins leading shots on goal: 20-25.  They were still in the 1-0 hole despite all of the scoring chances that came in the second period.  Nothing seemed to work against Giguere, no matter what the Bruins offered him.  He was dominate in the net, turning away shot after shot as he completely robbed the Bruins.

Paille slid into Lucic’s empty slot on the first line to begin the final period while Lucic was still in the box.  The Bruins still were unable to get anything into the net.  Bergeron was called for a tripping penalty in the third that the Bruins killed.

The Bruins best chance of the third came perhaps on a 4-3 power play.  They drove shot after shot at the net but Giguere simply said “no” and turned each one away.

The Avalanche nearly scored again as two of Duchene’s shots deflected off of the left goalpost and then the right, as he was able to quickly muster up a rebound.  Bruins fans held their breath in anticipation and then exhaled as neither of the two shots went in.

Tuukka was pulled with a minute left in the game, and Duchene was finally able to get the goal that he had sought for earlier.  He was able to streak past Bergeron and send the puck into the empty net making it 2-0.  It was the final goal of the game, and the Bruins didn’t have any time left to work with.

The Avalanche won their 4th game of the season 2-0 against the Bruins to improve to 4-0 on the year. The Bruins slipped to 2-1.

The Bruins loss tonight was not due to any lack of effort.  There were many positives to take from their game.  Their power play seemed to come together as time wore on and they were able to drive shots towards the net.  Rask was strong in net as he made 29 saves and only allowed the one power play goal in the first.  They played hard and simply were unable to beat Giguere who picked up his 37th shutout of his career.  If it had not been for Giguere, the Bruins might have won the game based on the scoring chances that they rallied throughout the night.

The Bruins head on the road to Columbus as they look to rebound against the Blue Jackets in a 2 pm day matinee.

 

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

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