Thursday, October 31, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Ducks 2 (SO)
By Brendan Hall
BOSTON -- Rapid reaction after the Boston Bruins improved to 8-4-0 with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks:
Iggy gets the winner: Jarome Iginla was the only player to score in the shootout, beating Jonas Hiller under his glove in the second round. After Carl Soderberg was thwarted trying to go five-hole in the third round, the win was preserved after Ryan Getzlaf hit the crossbar in the Ducks' final attempt.
Early struggles, but late life: Once again, the Bruins got off to a slow start, nearly going the whole first period without a shot on goal. They were credited with one in the final two minutes, to avoid their first period without a shot on goal since the second period of a clash with San Jose on Oct. 13, 2007. Overall, the Ducks held a 5-1 advantage in the first period for shots on goal. Brad Marchand was called for holding twice in the first period.
Making it happen at home: The Bruins seem to have a flair for the dramatic at home lately. Last week, it was David Krejci scoring with 0.8 seconds left to beat San Jose. Tonight, Zdeno Chara scooped in a rebound on the power play, finding the weak post wide open after Krejci took a hack at Jonas Hiller's left pad, to tie it 2-2 with less than three minutes to go in regulation and salvage at least a point. To that point, the B's were 0-for-4 on the man advantage.
Ups and downs for Soderberg: It was a slow start for Carl Soderberg, who had a bad giveaway that led to an Anaheim goal just 1:52 into the game. The Swedish import tried to thread the needle across the ice on a breakout pass, only to be intercepted at the blue line by Dustin Penner, who kept the puck in the offensive zone and dished it up middle to Matt Perreault. Perreault then rotated and tapped the puck backward to the high slot for a driving Devante Smith-Pelly, who fired and beat Tuukka Rask glove side. Soderberg redeemed himself in the second with a pretty breakaway goal, taking a touch pass from Chris Kelly and slipping the puck behind Jonas Hiller's left pad, evening the score at 1 apiece. He finished the night 1-0-1 with zero plus-minus.
Spooner's opportunity: Bruins head coach Claude Julien said in pregame that the Bruins were looking for "a little bit more speed right now" as motive for calling up center Ryan Spooner from Providence. Spooner replaced Jordan Caron on the third line, centering wingers Chris Kelly and Soderberg, and notched his first NHL point on Soderberg's breakaway goal in the second. After Chara won a puck in the corner, Spooner launched a deep cross-ice pass from the boards to trigger the breakaway.
Spooner took the first shot in the shootout, swooping from the right with a deke, but was unable to lift the shot over Hiller's right pad. He finished the night 0-1-1 with two shots and a hit.
There was a noticeable spark in Spooner's game, perhaps some much-needed jumper cables after a disappointing finish Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. With the timetable on Loui Eriksson (concussion) unknown at this time, Spooner could see major minutes with this type of contribution.
Boychuk exits: Johnny Boychuk left the ice for undisclosed reasons in the second period, and did not return. In 13 shifts he registered 9:27 of ice time, with two hits, a takeaway and a blocked shot. In his absence, Adam McQuaid picked up most of the remaining shifts alongside Chara.
Notes: Bruins players wore Red Sox locker room-issued World Series Champions hats during the warm-up skate. ... Official announced attendance was 17,565, the 172nd consecutive sellout for the Bruins. ... Fourteen clients from the Premium Club joined with the Bruins, TD Garden and Garden Neighborhood Charities for the first ever "Trick or Suite," to benefit Boston-area youth from The Salvation Army of Massachusetts. Over $30,000 worth of tickets were donated to the program, providing nearly 250 children the chance to enjoy the game in an executive suite. ... One of the largest ovations came during a TV timeout midway through the second period, when Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and his friend, Bruins president Cam Neely, appeared on the ice with the World Series trophy and saluted the crowd.