Monday, January 20, 2014

Bruins beat Kings 3-2 in early game


Kings Jordan Nolan vs Bruins Milan Lucic on January 20, 2014.
Earlier today the Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in a rematch from their first meeting in earlier January where the Kings dominated the Bruins. Today though the Bruins played much better and were able to hold off the Kings and get a 3-2 win even with backup goalie Chad Johnson playing in net.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 15h goal of the season, a shorthanded goal, making it 1-0 Bruins. Later, Kings Jordan Nolan laid a good hard hit on Bruins Torey Krug and Bruins Milan Lucic came in and challenged Nolan to fight. Nolan and Lucic dropped the gloves and had a good fight, watch it to the upper left. I would give Lucic the edge in that fight. Later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 11th goal of the season, a power-play goal, making it 2-0 Bruins.

In the second period, Kings Willie Mitchell scored, making it 2-1.

In the third period, Kings Jeff Carter scored a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2. Only 18 seconds later, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 16th goal of the season, making it 3-2 Bruins.

Game notes
Backup goalie Chad Johnson played in net for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 23 shots. Johnson is now 8-3-0 with a 2.24 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season.

Both teams had 23 shots and both went 1-for-4 on the power-play. The Bruins led the game in hits 29-22 and blocked shots 16-11. The Kings led the game in faceoff wins 36-21.

Reilly Smith and Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 3 shots. Kevan Miller led the Bruins with 5 hits. Matt Bartkowski led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Player notes
Defenseman Adam McQuaid did not play and Zach Trotman was in the lineup.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 31-15-3 with 65 points and are 1st place in the Atlantic Division. The next game for the Bruins is on Saturday at the Philadelphia Flyers at 1pm ET.

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