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The Bruins escaped Montreal with a shootout win 4-3.
The Bruins took a 3-1 lead into the third period with goals from Andrew Ference, Benoit Pouliot and Patrice Bergeron, but later found themselves in a shootout. Sloppy play in the third period let the Habs back into the game, and nearly lost the game for the Bruins. Tyler Seguin saved the day though, beating Carey Price for the only goal in the shootout.
Coming off a game Tuesday night with 42 shots on goal and nothing to show for it, the Bruins had to be hungry to light the lamp. This team is at its best when goals come from players not considered to be top six forwards. Two of the three goals Wednesday came from Andrew Ference and Benoit Pouliot, that takes pressure off of the top two lines.
Patrice Bergeron scored the third goal on a nice shot from in close, as he roofed one right by Price’s ear. The goal came on the power play, but it wasnt something that you see the Bruins do a lot. The puck moved quickly around the zone and the right guys were moving it.
Brad Marchand had a semi break in overtime and beat Price clean, but hit the cross-bar. The Bruins hit a few posts and seemed to be on to something.
In the shootout, both David Krejci and Seguin took quick shots to the stick side, Krejci hit iron and Seguin lit the lamp.
The Bruins have only one shootout loss this season, and Tuukka Rask was in the net for that one. Tim Thomas is now 5-0 in shootouts this season. In the post-game interview, Thomas said that he doesn’t practice shootouts anymore, and for some reason it’s paying off.
Thomas is extremely patient in the shootout, never making the first move and giving shooters almost nothing to shoot at. Lucky for the rest of the NHL, shootouts are tossed out the window for the playoffs.
Thomas made 25 saves and played well. The team in front of him didn’t play excellent hockey, though, and that showed on the scoreboard.
Rich Peverley, filling in for Nathan Horton on the second line right-wing spot, went to the locker room in the third period and did not return. If this is a serious injury, the Bruins may be forced to make a deal for a winger.
Horton’s status is still up in the air and now potentially another winger (Peverley) could be missing some time.