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.
The San Jose Sharks entered tonight’s game with the Bruins as the only remaining team in the NHL not to have lost a game in regulation play. Through 59 minutes and about 50 seconds of hockey at TD Garden it looked as though they would remain that way, but a last second (literally – 0.8 seconds left) tip-in goal by David Krejci lifted the Black and Gold to a stunning 2-1 victory. Tuukka Rask was the real story and the main reason Boston even maintained a chance to take points out of this game, stopping 38 of 39 San Jose shots including 16 in the first period alone. Boston improves to 7-2-0 on the season, now tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Atlantic Division lead.
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After an unimpressive effort that required a last minute goal to earn a win on Thursday against the Panthers, the Boston Bruins understood that they would have to be far better against a Tampa Bay Lightning squad who had won five of their last six games. On top of that, Tampa netminder Ben Bishop hadn’t lost yet this season and hadn’t given up more than two goals in any of his four appearances, not great news for a Bruins team that was having some difficulty finding the back of the net. But in a sign that perhaps this year’s team is finally starting to come together and click, Boston exploded for five goals last night at the St. Pete Times Forum to top the Lightning 5-0. Twelve of 18 Bruins had a point in the effort, and Tuukka Rask stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season.
Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
7pm, TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: NESN, SUN-Florida Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
T-minus 24 hours until the puck officially drops on the Boston Bruins’ 2013-14 regular season, with new division opponent the Tampa Bay Lightning in town as the black and gold’s first opponent. There are a number of new faces in the Bruins lineup, while the Bolts are looking to get back on the winning track after a disappointing 14th place finish last season.
Two more days folks. Here’s what you need to know heading into Thursday.