BOSTON BRUINS VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE
3:36 p.m. - 3rd Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 1, COL 2
B'S FALL WITH :04 LEFT: After 20 minutes of third period play with neither team able to break the 1-1 stalemate, the Bruins surrendered a goal with .04 seconds left, handing them their third loss of the season in heartbreaking fashion. The last-second goal from Colorado's Daniel Briere marks his first of the season. The Bruins are back in action on Wednesday when the begin a three-game road strip which will start in Detroit. The B's will then face the Canadiens the following night in Montreal, finishing the road swing in Buffalo against the Sabres on Saturday.
AVS GOAL CALLED OFF: With 12:47 to go in the third period, an Avalanche goal went under review. The puck appeared to deflect off an Avs skater just outside the B's crease past Svedberg in what would have been a tough luck goal against for the Bruins. However the goal was overturned as the puck had been hit with a high-stick by an Avalanche player, keeping the score tied 1-1.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Wednesday when they begin a three-game road trip which will start in Detroit against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The B's will then face the Canadiens the following night in Montreal, finishing the road swing in Buffalo against the Sabres on Saturday.
2:36 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: BOS 1, COL 1
HAMILTON GOES OFF FOR INTERFERENCE: With 7:04 remaining in the first, Dougie Hamitlon was called for a roughing minor putting the B's PK to work. Ultimately, the B's were able to kill off the penalty without surrendering a goal, escaping the shorthanded situation unscathed.
MCQUAID AND MCLEOD DROP THE GLOVES: With 8:58 to go in the second period, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid and Avalanche forward Cody McLeod engage in a round of fisticuffs at center ice. After a strong bout by the two, McQuaid earned the takedown before the two were sent to their respective boxes. The fight marks McQuiad’s first fighting major of the season.
ERIKSSON TIES IT UP: Bruins’ forward Reilly Smith served as the catalyst on the B's first goal of the game when he took a shot on Av’s goaltender Reto Berra, which created a juicy rebound. Carl Soderberg slid the rebound to Bruins forward Loui Eriksson to his right, who then punched it home to tie it up for the Bruins with 12:10 to go in the second period for his first goal of the season. Carl Soderberg picks up his third helper of the season while Reilly Smith picks up his first on the goal.
AVALANCHE NOTCH ONE: With 16:32 left to go in the second period, Avalanche forward Jamie McGinn slid one under Bruins Goaltender Niklas Sveddberg five-hole to pull ahead of the Bruins 1-0 marking their first goal of the season for the Avalanche. Credit the assists to defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Matt Duchene.
1:44 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 0, COL 0
GRIFFITH MAKES NHL DEBUT: Seth Griffith, who was recalled from the Providence Bruins on Sunday, is making his NHL debut today against the Avalanche. Skating with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, Griffith earned 4:40 of ice time (five shifts) in the first period, including 1:35 of power play time.
FOUR-ON-FOUR PLAY: With 1:01 to go the Bruins were awarded their second power play of the period when Colorado was called for too many men on the ice. Two seconds into their power play, Zdeno Chara was called for tripping, negating the man-advantage to the B's, yielding 1:58 of four-on-four play. Loui Eriksson had the best chance of the four-on-four in the closing second of the period, when he let a wrister go from the slot, that Berra was just able to turn aside. There will be an additional 58 second of four-on-four play when the second frame resumes.
POWER PLAY FOR THE B'S: Colorado's Cody McLeod was slapped with a high-sticking penalty giving the B's their first two-minute man advantage of the afternoon at 10:44 into the first. The Bruins power play showed solid puck movement, yielding to a few good chances on net, including their best chance from Milan Lucic from in close, but were unable to convert as the Avalanche PK remains a perfect nine-for-nine on the season.
BRUINS GO ON THE PK: Bruins' winger Brad Marchand was whistled for goaltender inference with 11:32 remaining in the first when he made contact with Colorado's Reto Berra during a rush on net, led by Patrice Bergeron. The Black & Gold were able to stifle the Avalanche power play, with a big help from goaltender Niklas Svedberg, who made two big saves on the doorstep as the two-minute minor was expiring.
KELLY, ERIKSSON CREATE A CHANCE: With 17:39 to go in they first period, Chris Kelly created a scoring chance after the Colorado coughed up the puck in the neutral zone. After controlling the intercepted puck near center-ice, Kelly carried the puck into the Colorado zone alongside Loui Eriksson. Kelly ripped a shot with, Eriksson on his left, which deflected off Colorado goaltender Reto Berra out wide to Eriksson, that the winger nearly converted on.
12:49 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. COL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Svedberg (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, .000 Save %) vs. Berra (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.00 Save %). Today will mark Svedberg’s first career start against Colorado. Berra is 0-2-0 with a 2.07 GAA and .927 save % in two career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS COLORADO LIFETIME: The B’s and Avalanche will meet for the 146th time tonight, with the Bruins holding a 76-40-21-8 record and a 490-398 scoring edge in those games. The Black & Gold are 42-19-9-3 in their 73 lifetime games against the Avalanche in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 253-190 in those contests. The Bruins have been shut out by the Avalanche in Colorado’s last two visits to Boston. The B’s have not been shut out at home by an opponent in three straight visits since Carolina on 4/6/98, 10/31/98 and 1/31/99.
BRUINS TO HONOR PETE FRATES DURING TODAY’S GAME: The Boston Bruins have invited Pete Frates to today’s matchup against the Colorado Avalanche. Frates and his group will be guests of Patrice Bergeron and will enjoy the game from the Patrice’s Pals suite. This summer the Bruins helped kick-start the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign in support of Frates and ALS research. Gregory Campbell was among the first pro athletes to embrace the challenge and helped create a chain reaction across Boston and beyond. Frates is expected to be honored during the first period (third timeout) on the Garden HDX.
GRIFFITH RECALLED: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced October 12, that the club had recalled forward Seth Griffith from Providence and assigned forward Craig Cunningham to Providence. In two games with Providence this season, Griffith has one goal with a plus-three rating. If Griffith is inserted into today’s lineup it will mark his first NHL game.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Patrice Bergeron is three points shy of his 500th NHL point entering today and is two points from tying Adam Oates for 13th place on the team’s all-time scoring list at 499 points… Milan Lucic comes into this afternoon two points shy of his 300th NHL/Bruins point, while Dennis Seidenberg enters two points short of his 200th NHL point.
215 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s game against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins have sold out 215 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
AVALANCHE NOTEBOOK: Today marks game one of a four-game road trip for the Avalanche, which will see them play the Toronto Maple Leafs (10/14), Ottawa Senators (10/16) and the Montreal Canadiens (10/18)… Daniel Briere needs one goal to reach 300 career goals… Alex Tanguay needs one goal to tie Dale Hunter (142) for ninth on the Avalanche’s all-time goal-scoring list.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 1-for-10 (10.0%, T-21st NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 8-for-11 (72.7% 21st NHL)… Avalanche power play: 0-for-7 (0.00%, T-24th NHL), Avalanche penalty kill: 8-for-8 (100.0%, T-1st NHL).