Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blues beat Bruins in shootout

Bobby Orr with the ceremonial puck drop with Zdeno Chara and David Backes
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins and David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues pose with alumni legend Bobby Orr during the ceremonial puck drop piror to the game at the TD Garden on November 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Tonight's game could have been a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it's too soon to talk playoffs right now, as both teams played a strong hard-hitting game that would end in a shootout, with the Blues getting the extra point.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Gregory Campbell scored his 1st goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Only 31 seconds later, Blues Derek Roy scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Blues David Backes scored, making it 2-1 Blues. Less than three minutes later, Bruins Carl Soderberg scored his 3rd goal of the season, tying the game 2-2.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

In overtime, no scoring happened.

In the shootout, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored; Blues T.J. Oshie didn't score; Bruins David Krejci didn't score; Blues Alexander Steen scored; Bruins Jarome Iginla didn't score; Blues Chris Stewart didn't score; Bruins Chris Kelly didn't score; and Blues Derek Roy scored to win it.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 24 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 12-5-2 with a 1.62 GAA and a .945 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 31-26, hits 32-31 and faceoff wins 34-29. The Blues led the game in blocked shots 23-18. Both teams went 0-for-1 on the power-play.

Jarome Iginla and Carl Soderberg led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Jarome Iginla and Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 4 hits each.

Player notes
Adam McQuaid (injured), Dennis Seidenberg (injured), and Jordan Caron (scratched) did not play. Defenseman Kevan Miller, recalled from Providence (AHL), made his NHL debut tonight and had 17:42 of ice time, was +1 with 2 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 14-6-2 with 30 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division and 1st place in the Eastern Conference. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes in Boston at 1pm ET.

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