In a game that’s unfortunately going to be overshadowed by a first period of questionable plays, the Boston Bruins scored twice in the final minute and a half of the game for a 3-2 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at TD Garden. Zdeno Chara was the third period hero tallying the game winner with just 13 seconds left on the clock, while Tuukka Rask turned aside 28 shots to earn his fifteenth victory of the year.
After suffering their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins vowed to improve their effort and get back to the consistent and hard working game that has earned them the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year. Back to back games with the Rangers and Blue Jackets provided the opportunity to do just that, and it was clear the black and gold meant business as they scored twice in the third period to down the Rangers on Friday afternoon before putting forth a dominant effort in a 3-1 win over Columbus last night. The twin victories closed out an eight games in fourteen days stretch that saw the Bruins go 6-1-1 to further secure their place atop the standings.
You’d think that 38 shots on net, a power play goal, and a sizable advantage in offensive zone attack time would’ve been enough for the Boston Bruins to earn an easy win over the mediocre Carolina Hurricanes in your home building. But as the Bruins proved today, the stats don’t always tell the full story. After a Patrick Dwyer shorthanded goal midway through the third period tied the game at two, Boston needed a David Krejci overtime strike to finally put down the ‘Canes this afternoon at TD Garden. Chad Johnson earned the win in the Bruin net with 22 saves.
Before last night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, many of the Leafs players talked about how they were putting last season’s epic Quarterfinal choke job in the rear view mirror and moving forward. Unfortunately for them, Patrice Bergeron – who scored the tying and winning goals in game seven of that series – had other ideas. Bergeron tallied two third period goals and Zdeno Chara tallied his third goal of the season to lead Boston to a 3-1 victory at TD Garden last night, the Black and Gold’s second win in a row after dropping four of five. Tuukka Rask was once again stellar in the Boston net, turning aside 33 Toronto shots en route to the victory.
Black and Gold Overcome Slow Start to Steal Two More Points
If last week’s game with the San Jose Sharks was any indication, tonight’s matchup with the Anaheim Ducks – Boston’s second game in as many nights – would be a tough task. Add to it that the Pittsburgh Penguins gave the Bruins all they could handle last night before eventually handing them a loss, and it would be understandable if the Black and Gold weren’t as sharp as you would expect. And while that was certainly the case for much of the game, the first goal of the year from forward Carl Soderberg and a late third period power play goal from Zdeno Chara got the Bruins to overtime and the shootout, where Jarome Iginla tallied the only goal to earn two points for the B’s. Tuukka Rask rebounded from consecutive losses to earn the win in the Boston net.