BOSTON BRUINS (11-5-1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-1)
9:31 pm - Overtime Snapshots:FINAL (OT) BOS 3, CBJ 2
LUCIC LIFTS THE B'S: Milan Lucic's defensive effort during the four-on-four overtime period, led to the game winner after he deflected a puck up ice, yielding himself a breakaway. Milan Lucic hustled up ice full throttle before putting a wrister on Bobrovsky beating him five-hole to life the Bruins 3-2 in overtime. The Bruins will fly out to Ottawa following tonight's game to take on the Senators for their second game of the back-to-back with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 pm.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins will fly out to Ottawa following tonight's game to take on the Senators for their second game of the back-to-back set with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 pm.
9:30 pm - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CBJ 2
B'S KILL OFF 26TH STRAIGHT: At the 7:24 mark, the Bruins found themselves on the PK once again, after Brad Marchand was called for interference. Once again the Black & Gold's PK comes up big in the second half of the third period with the game tied, to kill off their 26th straight penalty, dating back to October 30.
KELLY GOES OFF FOR TRIPPING: With 13:20 to go in the third period, B's forward Chris Kelly was whistled for tripping. No harm done on the penalty however, as the Bruins PK units remained solid, killing off the two-minute infraction with 11:20 remaining in the period.
JOHNSON MAKES BACK-TO-BACK SAVES: With just over 16 minutes to go in the third period, Chad Johnson came up big for the Bruins making two point-blank saves within a minute of each other. The second stop of the two came agai Columbus's Cam Atkinson, who was fed a perfect pass on the tap on the door step, but Johnson made a strong left to right push to deflect the puck away and keep the Blue Jackets at bay. Strong showing from Johnson early on in the third, looking very sharp and tracking the puck well.
8:35 pm - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, CBJ 2
BOYCHUK PLAYING PHYSICAL: Entering the third period, Johnny Boychuk leads the Bruins with six out of the teams 32 hits. The next highest hit total is Milan Lucic, who has recorded four through 40 minutes of play. On the other side of the ice, Columbus forward Nick Foligno leads the Blue Jackets in the hit department with five of the teams 25 hits.
COLUMBUS TIES IT UP: Columbus forward Nick Foligno knotted the game up with 3:26 to go in the second period when he lifted a backhander past Chad Johnson from about eight feet from the net for his fourth goal of the season. Blue Jackets blueliner Nikita Nikitin is credited with the assist on the play for his second assist of the season.
THORNTON SCORES: The merlot line got on the board with 9:51 to go in the second frame, when Shawn Thornton let go an absolute rocket from the right faceoff, beating Bobrovsky high glove-side for his second goal of the season. Gregory Campbell and Torey Krug earn the helpers the play for their second and sixth of the season, respectively. Krug extends his point streak to five straight games on the play with 2-3=5 totals during that span.
KRUG GETS ROBBED: With 11:45 to go in the second period, the Bruins got their best scoring chance of the period, when Jarome Iginla fed Torey Krug with a backhand pass just north of the slot as the B's were in transition. Krug, with plenty of room, fired a laser of a slapshot on Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, but was stymied, as Bobrovsky was able to swallow the puck with his body for his 19th save of the evening.
7:56 pm - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, CBJ 1
BRUINS KNOT IT UP: The Bruins tied the game up with 1:50 to go in the first period when Zdeno Chara sent in a firm wrister in on net from the blueline, which ricocheted off the skate of Loui Eriksson and into the back of the Columbus net. The goal make Eriksson's third goal of the season with Chara and Patrice Bergeron both getting credited with their fourth assists of the season. Bergeron extends his point-streak to three straight games with 3-1=4 totals on the play.
LUCIC TO THE BOX, JACKETS SCORE: Following a Brandon Dubinsky hit on David Krejci, Milan Lucic got in the face of Dubinsky following a whistle at the Bruins end of the ice. The result of the scuffle between the two was Lucic getting sent to the box for roughing with 9:25 to go in first frame of action. The Jackets took full advantage when Mark Letetsu threw a slick no look pass to Blake Comeau in the slot, who beat Chad Johnson to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.
BARTKOWSKI OFF FOR INTERFERENCE: Not long after the penalty expired to Brandon Dubinsky (see below), Matt Bartkowski was called for interference shortly after a faceoff at 5:15 into the first period. The B's were able bail out Bartkowski, including a great glove-save by Chad Johnson on Brandon Dubinsky in the slot, to kill off their 23rd straight penalty. The Bruins had three stretches of 20-plus kills last season, with their last such streak at 27 straight from March 3-19, 2013.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: The Bruins got their first power play of the night when Columbus's Brandon Dubinsky was whistled for slashing at the 17:01 mark of the first frame. The Bruins were able to sustain the first 1:12 of the power play in the Blue Jackets zone but were never really able to develop any scoring opportunities. Eventually the Blue Jackets were ale to kick the puck out of their own zone and ultimately killed off the Bruins man-advantage.
6:30 pm - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. CBJ
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (1-1-0, 2.53 GAA, .900 Save %) vs. Bobrovsky (5-8-1, 2.84 GAA, .909 Save %). This will be Johnson’s first career start against Columbus. Bobrovsky is 0-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA and .940 save % in three career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS BLUE JACKETS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Blue Jackets are meeting for the 14th time with the Bruins holding an 8-3-0-2 record and a 43-27 scoring advantage overall. The Black and Gold are 3-2-0-0 in 5 games in Boston with a 14-11 scoring edge in those contests. The Bruins have won the last four games overall against Columbus including a 3-1 win earlier this season on October 12.
PUCKS & PUPS 2014 BRUINS CALENDAR: The Bruins announced the Pucks & Pups 2014 Bruins calendar, which will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and MSPCA Angell. Pucks & Pups is a unique 2014 calendar featuring Bruins players and management photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA. Players featured in the calendar include Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Jarome Iginla, Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, and Shawn Thornton. Bruins Principal Charlie Jacobs, President Cam Neely, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien also participated in the project. The calendar features the B’s with their family pets as well as canines waiting for homes at the MSPCA. To purchase, visit www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups.
STREAKING: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug enters tonight’s matchup riding a four-game point streak, with two goals and two assists during that span. Winger Loui Eriksson is currently riding a streak of his own, tallying three assists in three consecutive games. Forwards Patrice Bergeron and Jarome Iginla have registered points in two consecutive games, with Bergeron three goals and Iginla’s goal and assist.
TUUKKA TIME: Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask enters tonight leading the league in save percentage (.948) and ranks second in the NHL in goals against average (1.52). Rask, who is 4-0-1 in his last five starts, has allowed two or fewer goals in 12 out of 15 games played this season.
176 AND COUNTING: Following last Monday’s home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins have sold out 176 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
BLUE JACKETS NOTEBOOK: The Blue Jackets are playing the first game of their third back-to-back set this season… Center Mark Letestu is playing in his 200th career NHL game, his first game was exactly four years ago on Nov. 14, 2009 against Boston… Left Wing Nick Foligno will play tonight, his first game back from injury since November 2… Center Brandon Dubinski leads Columbus in points with 5-10=15… Columbus is 29-0-0 when leading a game after leading two periods under Head Coach Todd Richards.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 9-for-48 (18.8%, 14th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 46-for-54 (85.2%, T-8th NHL)… Blue Jackets power play: 11-for-59 (18.6%, T-15th NHL), Blue Jackets penalty kill: 44-for-55 (80.0%, 22nd NHL).