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Bruins get stronger in shootout win over Ducks

Oct 31, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

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One shot in the opening period – it’s been a while since that’s happened, as per Joe Haggerty of – was an indication that perhaps it wasn’t going to be their night.

But the Boston Bruins eventually overcame a sluggish first-period start and got a late game-tying power play goal from captain Zdeno Chara to eventually defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in a shootout Thursday night.

Their victory comes one night after the Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series. In a fitting tribute, the Bruins wore World Series Championship hats for warm-ups prior to puck drop.

The tying goal came with 2:50 remaining in the third period, as Chara planted himself in front of the net. He took a pass on a goal-mouth scramble from David Krejci and buried the puck past Jonas Hiller.

The win did come at a price. Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk left the game early in the second period and did not return, as per the team’s Twitter account. Boychuk’s condition will be updated on Friday, reports Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Torey Krug deserves some major credit on that power play goal. How many times in the last two games has this kid stopped near impossible attempted clears at the blueline? He did it again in overtime, and then dangled in to almost close out the game. I know he had some turnovers in this game, but this kid will absolutely be in the list of top offensive defensmen in the NHL within short time. 4 goals already, a key part in the Bruins powerplay, a shot to die for, and an offensive mindset; Torey will be an impact player in the league.

    • govtminion - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      He’s really stepped up and filled in for the departed Andrew Ference. Very impressed with him so far this season- I was wondering if he was a flash in the pan in the playoffs, but it looks like he’s the real deal.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        Besides the fact that he understands the game offensively-when to pinch, when to join the rush-he’s really not a liability defensively. His speed is second to none on the that team as far as defense goes, and he plays like a little Andrew Ferrence. He got smoked by Malkin the other night, but its Malkin.. its going to happen. He’s been great all around. For a team that needed a mythical “puck moving defensemen” all last season, what are the chances a 5’8, undrafted rookie would not only fill the role, but be one of the biggest offensive role players on the team? Hell, the power play was basically rebuilt around him. If he hits 15 goals/40 points, with 11-12 goals being on the power play, I wouldn’t at all be surprised.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        I can tell you this.. he was definitely my sleeper pick on my Fantasy team, and he’s absolutely panned out so far. A lot of people questioned it, or flat out had no idea who he was, but so far I’m cashing in.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        I’m still not used to the Bruins having multiple puck moving defensemen. I never thought we’d have one and now we’re blessed.

  2. 950003cups - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Bruins keep looking better and better every year. It’s unbelievable.

    • packerswin96 - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Well when they are allowed to get away with pretty much anything on the ice, they do have a big advantage!

      • drewsylvania - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:50 PM


  3. theskinsman - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    If you mean out playing the opponent, then yes,they get away with that often.

  4. matt14gg - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    They look like they’re skating in mud sometimes. Still a mess in their own end and they get caught a lot not moving their feet so they end up taking reach penalties. They will be fine, but they still have to figure out roles and they still have to get the third line sorted out. The whole Jordan Caron thing needs to end. A lot of it has to do with the fact that he was a first round pick, and he shows glimpses for a few games at a time, but if there was ever a kid who had no “game” it would be Caron. Even he doesn’t know what he is. It’s still early and it will all get sorted out, but they haven’t played as well as they can.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      I think the keeping Caron thing has more to do with Peter Chiarelli having a bad reputation with draft picks- especially first rounders. Right now he’s praying to god that Dougie Hamilton keeps working out, and he’s grasping at straws hoping he might get lucky with Caron, and at the very least be able to sell high on him. We all know that won’t happen. He just doesn’t have “it”.

      I completely agree with the part about not moving their feet. It is so noticeable its scary. One person I wish would move their feet less is Marchand.. I honestly can say I’ve never been a huge Marchand fan. I felt like he gave us a bad image and made us look hypocritical in a few areas, but I could live with it because he produced. Now he’s trying to play outside his talent level, and the amount of turnovers he’s producing from trying to go one against three or four is just killing me. I feel like Eriksson’s lack of production early on can be directly correlated to Marchand being all over the ice. The first shift he’s moved down, and Reilly Smith takes over, Loui was so much more comfortable to be the playmaker.

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