Torey Krug scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as the Bruins edged the Blue Jackets, 3-2. Maybe I downplayed that a little bit. Torey Krug absolutely SNIPED the game-winning goal in the shootout.
Perfectly placed over the shoulder and under the bar. B-e-a-utiful. Yeah, that’s right, I just dropped a Bruce Almighty reference on you.
The Jackets entered Saturday’s game in last place in the NHL. Although they do have some talent, the Bruins were expected to come out firing and dominate this game, especially after the poor effort against Vancouver on Thursday.
It turned out to not be that simple, as the B’s are still struggling to put together complete games. They got off to a fast start in the first period, but as time ticked, they slowed down and got pretty sloppy with the puck. The game remained scoreless through a lackluster opening frame.
Early in the second, it appeared as if the Bruins found their game. Just 32 seconds in, Patrice Bergeron fed Ryan Spooner a pass in the offensive zone, and he found a streaking Brad Marchand for a backdoor tip-in to break the ice.
The Nose Face Killah now has a team-leading 19 goals on the season. And all of a sudden, Spooner is tied with Bergeron for the lead in assists, with 25.
Just over three minutes later, the Bruins struck again. David Krejci, playing in his second game since returning from injury, fired a shot on net, and David Pastrnak crashed the net to clean up the garbage and lift Boston to a 2-0 lead.
In typical Bruins fashion, this did not mark the opening of the floodgates where they keep their foot on the pedal and put the game out of reach.
3:24 after Pasta’s goal, Jackets’ defenseman Dalton Prout flung a shot on Gustavsson from along the goal line, and it broke through to pull Columbus within one. This was an extremely soft goal, but it did come right after two huge saves from Gus. Aside from this goal, he was great all night long, and made a total of 31 saves.
Midway through the second, a point shot from Columbus’ Justin Falk found its way through traffic, and was tipped past Gus by Kerby Rychel to knot the game at two.
The Bruins were discombobulated throughout the majority of the third, and were fortunate to make it to overtime. The extra period saw both teams get a power play opportunity, and about ten mini heart attacks later, this game went to the shootout.
Spooner also scored in the shootout, and both Columbus shooters were stopped, as the B’s escaped with two points. It was not the prettiest win, but we’ll take it.
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