Final, 2-1 (Shootout): It’s all over and the Bruins win in a very long shootout
Here’s how the shootout played out.
Tyler Seguin, Bruins: Goal. The talented winger scored, but the goal was disallowed because a fan threw a piece of food onto the ice. No matter, as Seguin scored again when he was forced to shoot again.
Ilya Kovalchuk, Devils: Goal. The righty absolutely sniped over Rask’s shoulder. Great shot.
Patrice Bergeron, Bruins: No goal. He tried his usual move to his forehand, but Hedberg made the pad save.
Patrik Elias, Devils: No goal. Shot went high over Rask.
Nathan Horton, Bruins: No goal. Hedberg came flying out of his crease for a poke check. It missed but Horton couldn’t lift the puck over the sprawled-out netminder.
Travis Zajac, Devils: No goal. Rask copied Hedberg and went for the poke check. Zajac couldn’t recover.
David Krejci, Bruins: No goal. A simple shot at the five-hole, and Hedberg covered up.
David Clarkson, Devils: No goal. Clarkson went to the backhand but Rask, sliding to his right, made a great pad save.
Chris Bourque, Bruins: No goal. Backhand attempt, stopped by Hedberg.
Jacob Josefson, Devils: No goal. This is getting out of hand.
Brad Marchand, Bruins: Goal. Marchand skated with speed at Hedberg and fired toward the five-hole. Hedberg got his stick on the shot but the puck trickled through and into the net.
Marek Zidlicky, Devils: No goal. Tuukka stands tall and makes the save to give the Bruins a very hard-earned two points.
End of OT, 1-1: We are headed to a shootout at the Garden.
There were just two whistles in the entire overtime period. Boston generated the best scoring opportunity with a Kelly-Seguin 2-on-1, but Seguin’s shot whistled high above Hedberg and off the glass. Shortly after that, Kovalchuk broke free for what could have been a 1-on-1 with Aaron Johnson, but Kovalchuk decided to pass instead of attack the net or shoot.
We now head to a shootout. The B’s are 1-0 in shootouts this year, while it’ll be the Devils’ first of the season.
End of regulation, 1-1: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Bruins are heading to overtime.
It’s the third time in just six games this season that the B’s have forced extra hockey. They were able to beat the Jets in a shootout but lost to the Rangers early in the OT period. The Devils are 1-1 in overtime this season.
Third period, 4:05, 1-1: This team really does not quit.
The Lucic-Krejci-Horton line showed off some absolutely tremendous puck movement from their own end all the way up the ice, with Krejci finding Horton on the right wing in the offensive end. Horton very calmly skated toward net with the puck on his blade and fired a quick wrister through Hedberg’s five hole to tie this game 1-1.
Both Krejci and Lucic picked up assists on the goal, which was Horton’s third of the year in second in as many nights. Horton and Krejci have registered points in four straight games.
Third period, 5:34, 1-0 Devils: The Bruins generated their best scoring chance of the night on a nice feed from Marchand to a driving Bergeron, but Hedberg made the stop, and he turned aside Peverley’s follow-up bid on the rebound.
That was all the Bruins could get on the power play, and the Devils hang on to that 1-0 lead.
Third period, 8:15, 1-0 Devils: The B’s power play will get to work after tenacious work on the puck by Daniel Paille leads to a Dainius Zubrus penalty for holding.
Third period, 9:56, 1-0 Devils: Man, this Devils defensive system is just suffocating. Every time it looks like the Bruins are about to make a nice play on a 2-on-1 or 2-on-2 rush, the puck carrier gets swarmed by a white jersey, and the play is ruined. The Bruins are running out of time to try to break through.
Third period, 13:52, 1-0 Devils: The Bruins kill off the power play for the fourth time of the night, and the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line put on a nice display in the offensive end for an extended period of time, generating a solid scoring chance, but again the Bruins come up with nothing.
Johnny Boychuk had a tough shift, as his dump-in at center ice went nowhere due to his stick snapping in half. Scrambling on defense, he was able to get Gregory Campbell’s stick, but given that it was a lefty curve and Boychuk is a righty, he had trouble again clearing the puck. Rask was able to pounce on the puck though, forcing a much-needed faceoff.
Third period, 18:28, 1-0 Devils: The hole gets even deeper for the Bruins, who now have to kill off yet another penalty after David Krejci crashed into Johan Hedberg.
Third period, 20:00, 1-0 Devils: We’re under way here in the third.
End of second period, 1-0 Devils: This one heads to the second intermission with the Devils ahead 1-0. The Devils outshot the Bruins 7-5 that period.
Through the early part of the season, the Bruins have prided themselves on being a resilient bunch. Tonight, facing a 1-0 deficit after two periods and with the refs not on their side, the Bruins will once again have to prove they are resilient if they want to scrape a point or two out of this one. On the second night of a back-to-back, they could pack it in for the third period with an excuse in their back pocket, but my money’s on a solid effort over the final 20 minutes.
Second period, 1:31, 1-0 Devils: The B’s kill off the power play for their third kill of the night.
Second period, 5:05, 1-0 Devils: That was weird. The referee raised his arm for a penalty while the Bruins had puck possession. He did not blow his whistle for several seconds, indicating the penalty was on New Jersey, but then blew the play dead and called a high-sticking penalty on Nathan Horton.
Second period, 5:20, 1-0 Devils: The Bruins were indeed able to kill off the bogus Paille penalty. Now, they’ll need to start generating some better chances if they want to get this game tied up before second intermission.
Second period, 7:30, 1-0 Devils: Replay showed Paille slightly bumping Bryce Salvador, who then knocked over his own goaltender. Bad call. We’ll see if it comes back to bite the B’s.
Second period, 8:07, 1-0 Devils: Quite a bit of action since the New Jersey goal, as Mark Fayne was sent to the box for hooking, but the Bruins again couldn’t score on the power play. Their best chance came on a purposeful Hamilton slapper from the middle of the blue line, with Peverley in front for the screen/redirect. Peverley’s tip went high, though, and the Bruins again got nothing on the power play.
Just now, Hedberg appeared to be upended by his own teammates, but Daniel Paille was penalized for goaltender interference. I’m going to need to see the replay on that one, because it looked Paille had nothing to do with it.
Second period, 11:30, 1-0 Devils: The Bruins’ penalty kill is perfect no more.
Marek Zidlicky’s point shot was tipped in the high slot by David Clarkson, and Tuukka Rask had no chance. The Devils take a 1-0 lead and the Bruins’ penalty kill allowed its first goal on its 25th opportunity of the season.
Second period, 12:38: The Bruins dodge a bullet there, as Patrik Elias hit the crossbar after a delayed penalty on Johnny Boychuk.
Boychuk was pretty much engaged in a wrestling match in the corner with David Clarkson, and he eventually tripped the Devils forward, earning two minutes in the box.
Second period, 16:16: The Bruins don’t score on the power play and don’t even muster a shot, as they struggled to maintain puck possession for much of the two minutes. It was a solid kill by New Jersey.
Second period, 19:11: The Bruins go to the power play after Anton Volchenkov gets whistled for high-sticking.
Second period, 20:00, 0-0: The second period is under way.
First intermission: I missed this earlier, but former Umass Minuteman Matt Anderson is skating tonight for the Devils and making his NHL debut. He skated 3:22 in the first and was credited with a blocked shot. The 30-year-old has played five seasons in the AHL after finishing up at UMass in 2007.
End of first period, 0-0: The Bruins generate their best chance in the final minute of the period, when Patrice Bergeron chipped the puck behind the net to Tyler Seguin. Holding the puck to Hedberg’s right, Seguin fed Marchand in front for a one-time bid, and Marchand fired a hard shot aimed high to the blocker save. Hedberg held his ground and was able to make the shoulder save , though, and this one heads to intermission in a scoreless tie.
First period, 2:10: Penalty — killed.
First period, 4:41: Still no score, but Andrew Ference is heading to the box for tripping Krys Barch. Ference had his stick blade on the puck, but it happened to also impede the progress of Barch’s skate. Barch helped things along by falling to the ice to draw the call.
Before the Bruins could get possession of the puck, the Devils were able to generate their best scoring chance of the night. Ilya Kovalchuk fired a blast from the blue line, but Rask was up to the task, making the save and corralling the rebound. Now we’ll see that still-perfect Bruins penalty kill try to make it another two minutes without allowing a goal.
First period, 9:40: The Devils have picked it up a bit, with Jacob Josefson getting a doorstep opportunity but getting denied by Rask. Still, Rask has only had to make two saves midway through the first period.
First period, 12:16: The Devils do not appear to want much to do with the Bruins, who are clearly the much more physical team early on.
It’s showing in terms of shots, too, as the Devils have yet to fire rubber on net through nearly eight minutes of play. The B’s have gotten eight shots on net thus far.
The best shift of the period came from the Bruins’ fourth line/third D pairing, a luxury not many teams have.
First period, 14:21: Shawn Thornton just got this home crowd buzzing with a marathon bout against Krys Barch. I didn’t count the punches, but I’d say Thornton landed about 15, and Barch landed one. That fight, which did not appear to be precipitated by anything, goes to Thortnon. We’ll see if it leads to anything for Boston.
First period, 20:00: The puck has been dropped, and we’re under way at TD Garden.
7:05 p.m.: Adam McQuaid is indeed out of the lineup, and your starters are as follows:
Ryan Carter-Stephen Gionta-Steve Bernier
Bryce Salvador-Anton Volchenkov
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson
6:50 p.m.: Oh, if you’re interested in fashion, the Bruins will be wearing their alternate jerseys tonight.
6:44 p.m.: Claude Julien may have liked what he saw out of Aaron Johnson last night, because it looks as though Johnson will be playing again tonight in place of Adam McQuaid.
We’ll get the official word on scratches soon, but it looks like McQuaid might miss tonight’s action.
6 p.m.: Good evening from the TD Garden, where the Bruins are ready to hit the ice for their first back-to-back of the season as they host the New Jersey Devils just 24 hours after beating the Hurricanes in Carolina last night.
We’re expecting to see Tuukka Rask back in net for the Bruins, and we’re also expecting to see Martin Brodeur take the night off, giving way to Johan Hedberg to make his first start of the year.
Adam McQuaid should be back in the lineup after missing Monday’s game due to the passing of his grandmother. Any other lineup changes from pregame warmups will be right here in the blog prior to puck drop. Stay locked in all the way through the final whistle, as the Bruins look to remain undefeated at home and improve upon their Eastern Conference-leading 4-0-1 record.
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