Ladies and gentlemen: Your FIRST PLACE Boston Bruins!

The Bruins claimed a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night, putting them in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division. They played like shit, but still ended up in first place? We’ll take it.

Tampa Bay and Florida both have two games in hand to make up that one-point deficit, but for now, we’ll enjoy the time at the top. Hey Canadiens, how’s the weather down there?

After going 3-0-1 in four games against playoff teams, including the top two teams in the league, this is the best effort they could give against the Hurricanes? The B’s looked half asleep for most of the game, and had to rely on Tuukka Rask to bail them out on multiple defensive breakdowns, one of which resulted in this incredible save.

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TUUUUUUUUUUUUUKK!

Trailing 1-0 early in the second period while on the power play, Loui Eriksson buried a perfect pass from Perfect Patrice to knot the game at one apiece.

Eriksson goal vs CAR 3.10.16

Loui now has 25 goals on the year, good for third on the team. Bergy’s assist was his team-leading 61st point of the season, as he extended his point streak to six games. He has five goals and three assists during that span.

The ‘Canes answered back just over three minutes later, and the Bruins found themselves trailing again. Just under six minutes into the third period, David Pastrnak took matters into his own hands to tie the game up. Pasta received a stretch pass that pulled him down to the bottom of the right face-off circle, finding himself on a two-on-one with Eriksson, and he ripped a no-look, short side snipe over the shoulder of Cam Ward.

Pastrnak goal vs CAR 3.10.16

The goal looked beautiful live, but was even more beautiful in the slow motion replay, which showed Ward’s water bottle explode, sending water spraying through the air.

 

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Phillip Di Giuseppe scored the OT winner 1:30 in, potting a rebound after a poor line change gave Jeff Skinner a breakaway.

The B’s next game is a Saturday afternoon matinee with the Islanders at home. The Isles are red hot, and are 7-1-2 in their last ten. A much better effort will be needed to take two points out of that one.

[Photo via bruins.nhl.com]

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