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Bruins Salvage Point From Improbable Comeback, But Fall 4-3 in Shootout

Patrice Bergeron celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-tying goal. (NHL Video)

The highs and lows of this game were worlds apart, and in the end, the Kings finally finished off the Bruins 4-3 in a shootout, leaving the Bruins to settle for a single point. That isn’t too bad, considering the Kings led 3-0 at one point. The game started with obvious omens that it would be a bad night for the Bruins. Their first shot dinged off the post, as many Bruins’ shots seem to, then Los Angeles brought the puck across the ice and put their first shot right past a napping Tim Thomas. At that point, just 57 seconds had passed.

The Kings added another goal at the 11:17 mark in the first, and the Bruins dinged another shot off the post. That kind of night. The 2nd period started with another Kings goal 2:50 in following a Bruins turnover at the offensive blue line. Up until that point, Boston had been playing quite sloppily, but after that, they turned their play into its reciprocal came hard at the Kings while beefing up defense.

It took 1:40 to respond and get on the board, thanks to Blake Wheeler’s snap shot. Gregory Campbell (you know, the evil one‘s son) cut the deficit to one at the 11:57 mark with a wrist shot; he took advantage of a man advantage with Thomas on the bench following a delayed penalty call on Los Angeles. It was a back-and-forth contest from the 3rd on, with both teams giving it their all in an attempt to gain a shred of momentum. Boston succeeded with 6:16 left in regulation thanks to Patrice Bergeron, and neither side could do much else.

That mindset carried over into the shootout, which took six rounds and just the one netted puck to end the game. It would have been nice to get the two points, but with two games in hand against their closest neighbors in the East, Boston can still claim the East’s #1 spot by winning those two (not in shootouts) and keeping pace from there on out.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game

No fights this time around. It’s a shame, since that’s the only reason anyone watches hockey this time around.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
00:57 LAK Brad Richardson (4) Wrist Shot – Assists: Kevin Westgarth (1) & Trevor Lewis (1)
11:17 LAK Michal Handzus (4) Snap Shot – Assists: Davis Drewiske (5) & Trevor Lewis (2)
2nd Period
2:50 LAK Jarret Stoll (7) Wrist Shot – Assists: Justin Williams (11) & Rob Scuderi (5)
4:30 BOS Blake Wheeler (4) Snap Shot – Assists: Tyler Seguin (4) & Zdeno Chara (5)
11:57 BOS Gregory Campbell (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: Shawn Thornton (1) & Brad Marchand (5)
3rd Period
13:44 BOS PPG – Patrice Bergeron (3) Wrist Shot – Assists: Blake Wheeler (3) & Mark Recchi (11)
OT Period
Patrice Bergeron BOS Save (Puck poked away by goalie)
Anze Kopitar LAK Save (glove side)
Tyler Seguin BOS Save (leg, glove side)
Jack Johnson LAK Save (wide, glove side)
Milan Lucic BOS Save (5-hole)
Dustin Brown LAK Save (leg, glove side)
Michael Ryder BOS Save (stick side)
Jarret Stoll LAK Save (high)
Nathan Horton BOS Save (chest)
Justin Williams LAK Save (stick side)
David Krejci BOS Save (5-hole)
Michal Handzus LAK Goal (stick side)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
8:08 BOS Zdeno Chara: Hi-sticking – 2 min
9:03 LAK Dustin Brown: Holding – 2 min
11:57 LAK Davis Drewiske: Hooking – 2 min
17:48 LAK Jarret Stoll: Holding – 2 min
2nd Period
8:53 BOS Johnny Boychuk: Tripping – 2 min
14:22 BOS Zdeno Chara: Tripping – 2 min
17:32 BOS Milan Lucic: Cross checking – 2 min
18:40 LAK Justin Williams: Interference on goalkeeper – 2 min
3rd Period
12:23 LAK Kyle Clifford: Slashing – 2 min
16:17 BOS Mark Recchi: Hooking – 2 min
OT Period

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
LAK Jonathan Quick 38/41 64:45
BOS Tim Thomas 23/26 64:39

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
LAK 7 10 8 1 26
BOS 14 8 17 2 41

Game Notes:

  • With 29.4 seconds left in overtime, linesman Steve Miller was struck in the face with a puck and was tended to.
  • Boston is now 0-3-2 when trailing at the 1st intermission, and 1-4-2 when trailing at the 2nd intermission.
  • Tim Thomas is now 22-22 in his career in shootouts.
  • 10 out of the last 15 meetings between Boston and Los Angeles have reached at least overtime.
  • Marc Savard participated in the morning skate. Here’s hoping he gets back into action sooner rather than later.

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