Bruins fall short in shootout
By Peter Santo
Hoping to build on the success of their 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars tuesday night, the Bruins suffered a tough shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche wednesday night. In the last second of the 1st period, former Bruin Jarome Iginla scored a rebound goal, moving him past Mike Bossy for 20th on the all time goals list with 574 goals.
Iginla has the 2nd most goals of all active players, trailing only future hall of famer Jaromir Jagr (714). The Bruins struck back with a goal of their own, scored by Torey Krug at 6:18 of the 2nd period. 18-year-old rookie David Pastrnak got back on the scoring sheet picking up a secondary assist on Krug’s goal, with Milan Lucic picking up the primary assist.
Just 36 seconds into the 3rd period, Bruins’ Dougie Hamilton and Avs’ captain Gabriel Landeskog engaged in a fight, the first of Hamilton’s young NHL career. Brad Marchand and Ryan O’Reilly also engaged in a tussle, as both received 2 minute roughing minors.
At 4:47 of the 3rd, Marchand beat Avs’ goaltender Semyon Varlamov to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. However the Avs made one final push to tie the game late in the 3rd period, which resulted in a tying goal off the stick of Ryan O’Reilly with just 1:45 left on the clock.
The game went to overtime, where the teams went back and forth, but no goals were scored so the game unfortunately headed to a shootout.
The shootout is never a good end to a game because it doesn’t end on a real hockey play, but instead players can dip and dangle and can win a game because of it. Nevertheless, Avs’ up and coming star Nathan MacKinnon scored in the first round of the shootout as he beat Bruins’ goalie Tuukka Rask through the five-hole. This ended up being the sole goal in the shootout, and the Bruins came away with just 1 point.
This was a very disappointing loss for the Bruins, as they gave up a late goal and lost in the shootout, but fortunately the All-Star Break is forthcoming so the Bruins can regroup and come out with lots of energy on the flip side of the break.
Patrice Bergeron is the sole player representing the Bruins in the All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio. The Bruins head to Long Island to face the Islanders following the All-Star break on the 29th.
Mitch Canzano also contributed to this report
Photo taken from bruins.nhl.com