Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ducks beat Bruins ending Cassidy's win streak


Boston Bruins @ Anaheim Ducks game recap video, on February 22, 2017.
The Bruins had their 4-game winning streak come to an end last night when the Anaheim Ducks beat them 5-3, giving Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy his first loss as their coach.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Brandon Carlo scored his 5th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Ducks Ondrej Kase scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored his 6th goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute later, Ducks Rickard Rakell scored, tying the game 2-2. Later, Ducks Josh Manson scored, giving the Ducks a 3-2 lead.

In the third period, Bruins Frank Vatrano scored his 9th goal of the season, tying the game 3-3. Later, Ducks Rickard Rakell scored, giving the Ducks a 4-3 lead. With less than a minute left in the period, Ducks Andrew Cogliano was awarded a goal after the Bruins tripped him up when he was about to score an empty-net goal, giving the Ducks a 5-3 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 20 saves on 24 shots. Rask is now 28-14-0-4 with a 2.28 GAA and a .912 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 29-25. The Ducks led the game with a 56% faceoff percentage, hits 23-18 and blocked shots 20-10. The Bruins went 0-for-5 on the power-play while the Ducks went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 7 shots. David Backes led the Bruins with 5 hits. Brandon Carlo led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

Tim Schaller, John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is now 4-1 after taking over as coach of the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Ducks forward Rickard Rakell
2) Ducks forward Ondrej Kase
3) Bruins forward David Backes

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 30-24-6 with 66 points this season and are in 5th place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and their road record is now 15-11-6 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday (today), when they visit the Los Angeles Kings, at 10:30pm ET.

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