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Sputtering Bruins End Losing Streak in Columbus

Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates a second period goal while playing the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on December 10, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

It took a while to get on track in this game and the past few games, but the Boston Bruins finally started a new winning streak in Columbus, taking the win 5-3. Starting the game, it looked like Boston’s losing streak would be pushed to three games; just 5:46 in, the Blue Jackets took the lead over Boston with a wrist shot. At 11:09, they took advantage of a power play to take a multiple-goal lead over the defending champions. It took until 1:34 remained in the 1st Period for Boston to finally get on the board, thanks to Joe Corvo. With 49 seconds remaining in the period, Nathan Horton tied the game and gave Boston an uneasy sigh of relief heading into the locker room.

But the momentum didn’t cool off in the intermission. Just 58 seconds into the next period (and 18 seconds into a power play), Zdeno Chara launched a bomb right into the net to take the lead. That lead lasted well into the period until Tim Thomas, in a rare occurrence, was caught napping and allowed the tying goal with minutes remaining until the final period.

Columbus gave a lot in order to try and retake the lead, but in the end, Boston showed why they’re the best 3rd Period team in hockey. It was hard-fought hockey with only two penalties in the period, but Boston made the most of both of them. 6:44 into the period, Corvo struck again on the man advantage to retake the lead for Boston. Then, with 1:34 left in the game, Columbus, down by one, really shot themselves in the foot. A hooking penalty necessitated a shorthanded goal just to get a point out of the game, but Chris Kelly snapped in a goal with just 26 seconds to go to finish off the NHL’s cellar dwellers.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
5:46 CBJ RICK NASH (9) WRIST – ASST: V. PROSPAL (16) AND J. WISNIEWSKI (13)
11:09 CBJ PPG – JEFF CARTER (5) BACKHAND – ASST: D. BRASSARD (3) AND J. WISNIEWSKI (14)
18:26 BOS JOE CORVO (1) WRIST – ASST: M. LUCIC (11) AND D. KREJCI (11)
19:11 BOS NATHAN HORTON (8) WRIST – ASST: M. LUCIC (12) AND A. FERENCE (7)
2nd Period
0:58 BOS PPG – ZDENO CHARA (6) SLAP – ASST: M. LUCIC (13) AND D. KREJCI (12)
16:05 CBJ RJ UMBERGER (5) WRIST – ASST: S. PAHLSSON (6) AND D. MACKENZIE (4)
3rd Period
6:44 BOS PPG – JOE CORVO (2) SLAP – ASST: D. SEIDENBERG (6) AND T. SEGUIN (13)
19:34 BOS PPG – CHRIS KELLY (11) SNAP – ASST: P. BERGERON (15) AND B. MARCHAND (11)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
2:57 BOS SHAWN THORNTON : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
2:57 CBJ JARED BOLL : FIGHTING (MAJ) – 5 MIN
8:20 CBJ RYAN JOHANSEN : SLASHING – 2 MIN
10:34 BOS MILAN LUCIC : HOOKING – 2 MIN
14:08 BOS MILAN LUCIC : SLASHING – 2 MIN
14:08 BOS MILAN LUCIC : CROSS CHECKING – 2 MIN
2nd Period
0:40 CBJ DERICK BRASSARD : HOOKING – 2 MIN
3:27 BOS ANDREW FERENCE : HI-STICKING – 2 MIN
5:24 CBJ RICK NASH : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
7:47 BOS PATRICE BERGERON : HOOKING – 2 MIN
13:03 CBJ DEREK DORSETT SERVED BY VINNY PROSPAL : INTERFERENCE ON GOALKEEPER – 2 MIN
16:05 BOS DAVID KREJCI : UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT – 2 MIN
16:05 CBJ SAMUEL PAHLSSON : UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT – 2 MIN
19:54 BOS MILAN LUCIC : TRIPPING – 2 MIN
3rd Period
5:28 CBJ ANTOINE VERMETTE : HOOKING – 2 MIN
18:26 CBJ FEDOR TYUTIN : HOOKING – 2 MIN

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
BOS Tuukka Rask (W) 11/11 20:00
BOS Tim Thomas 22/25 40:00
CBJ Curtis Sanford 24/29 59:49

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BOS 7 9 13 29
CBJ 13 12 11 36

Game Notes

  • Milan Lucic’s three assists gave him 100 on his career.
  • Chara left the game in the 2nd period with a leg injury of unknown severity. Stay tuned to Sports of Boston for future updates.
  • Tim Thomas was pulled from the game to begin the 3rd Period, the first time he’s failed to finish a start this season.

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