Thursday, November 21, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blues 3, Bruins 2 (SO)
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The St. Louis Blues' Derek Roy scored in the fourth round of the shootout to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 Thursday night at TD Garden.
The Bruins received regulation goals from Gregory Campbell and Carl Soderberg, while goaltender Tuukka Rask made 24 saves.
The Bruins took an early 1-0 lead on Campbell's first goal of the season at 18:20 of the first period. Boston's energy line has been playing well of late and producing offensively. Campbell was buzzing in the first period and it seemed like only a matter of time before he notched one. His shot from the slot barely snuck in off the right post to beat St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak. It took 22 games for Campbell to record the first one.
It didn't take long, however, for St. Louis to tie the game at 1-1. Roy knuckled a shot, more like a dump-in, from inside the left point that found its way through traffic and slipped in five-hole on Rask at 18:51 of the opening period.
St. Louis gained a 2-1 lead at 16:04 of the second period when defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk took a shot from the left point before Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk redirected the puck past Rask. The Blues' David Backes was credited with the goal. The Bruins kept the pressure on and were rewarded at 18:41 of the second period when Soderberg's shot from the right faceoff circle beat Halak to tie the game at 2-2. It was Soderberg's third tally of the season.
After a scoreless third period, this one went to overtime and the Blues had a golden opportunity within the first minute of the extra frame when Roy collected a turnover in the neutral zone and broke in on Rask, but his shot rang off the crossbar.
The Bruins' best chance in OT was Soderberg's partial breakaway in the closing seconds, but Halak made the save to force a shootout.
Roy then capitalized in the shootout to give St. Louis the victory.
Boston is 6-1-1 in its past eight games. Boston's season record against Western Conference teams is now 2-1-2, including wins over the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks. Boston lost to the Colorado Avalanche in regulation and dropped a shootout to the Dallas Stars.
CRASHING AND BANGING: Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been trying to find his game and produce on a consistent basis. Playing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson, Marchand has been slowly coming into his own. Against the Blues, he was creating chances, hustling, chirping, hitting and drawing penalties. He was taking off-angled shots when he had no other options and was doing a lot of things right.
DEBUT: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller made his NHL debut Thursday night. He was recalled from Providence on Wednesday and was in the lineup against the Blues. His services were needed with defensemen Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) and Adam McQuaid (lower body) out of the lineup. Miller, 26 and a third-year pro, was paired with Torey Krug to start the game, but midway through the first period coach Claude Julien tweaked his pairings and had Miller and Matt Bartkowski together. Miller played well and is another example of the depth the Bruins have in the organization.
NO. 4: The season-long celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Bruins continued prior to Thursday's game, with Bobby Orr dropping the ceremonial puck. The 17,565 in attendance, including players on both benches, gave the legend a standing ovation.
UP NEXT: The Bruins will host the Carolina Hurricanes at 1 on Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Boston defeated Carolina 4-1 on Monday in Raleigh, N.C.