By Mike Cratty | Follow me on Twitter @Mike_Cratty
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Kase
Ritchie – Coyle – Bjork
Nordstrom – Kuraly – Wagner
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Lauzon
Svechnikov – Aho – Teravainen
Dzingel – Trocheck – Necas
Foegele – Staal – McGinn
Niederreiter – Geekie – Martinook
Slavin – Hamilton
Skjei – Edmundson
Gardiner – Fleury
Nino Niederreiter took the first penalty of the series at the 16:36 mark for elbowing. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they didn’t record a single shot on goal and couldn’t make it hurt. Just over six minutes later, Charlie McAvoy went off for tripping. The Bruins killed the penalty
Joel Edmundson broke the ice for the Canes, giving them the first lead of the game at the 6:58 mark. David Pastrnak didn’t let them hold the lead for long, tying the game with 2:15 to go. Pastrnak’s first of the playoffs was assisted by Brad Marchand (1) and Patrice Bergeron (2). Shots on goal in the period were 9 to 4 in favor of the Bruins and the game was tied heading into the intermission.
Ondrej Kase took an early penalty just a minute and 42 seconds into the period for holding. Luckily it didn’t sting the Bruins so early on and they killed it off. Not too long after, David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk found themselves on a 2-on-1, and DeBrusk nearly buried it on the one-timer, but hit the post.
Charlie Coyle scored just seconds after, but it was reviewed for a missed stoppage in the offensive zone as a result of a supposed hand pass. The Canes challenged the play and lost the challenge, also giving the Bruins a power play following the goal as a result of the lost challenge for delay of game. The Bruins took their first lead since early March with 15:22 to go in the period. Coyle’s first of the playoffs was assisted by Anders Bjork (1) and Nick Ritchie (1).
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long as Brock McGinn tied the game back up on a shorthanded breakaway just 21 seconds later. To make matters worse, DeBrusk missed an open net chance, then Matt Grzelcyk hit double-dinked a shot off of two posts. The chances were there to retake the lead, but the luck wasn’t.
Andrei Svechnikov took a slashing penalty at the 8:06 mark, but the Canes easily killed the penalty. Charlie Coyle and Jordan Staal then both took high sticking penalties on each other, creating a 4-on-4. Nothing came of the 4-on-4 and the time went on to expire with the game tied going into the second intermission. Shots in the period were 12 to 5 in favor of the Bruins, bringing the total to 21 to 9.
The Bruins didn’t waste much time taking the lead back, as Krejci buried his first of the playoffs just 59 seconds into the period. Ondrej Kase had the lone assist, his second of the playoffs. The second line finally got rewarded for their persistence.
Jeremy Lauzon sat for two for holding at the 14:48 mark, but the Bruins killed it off. Haydn Fleury sent a shot through traffic on net that beat Tuukka Rask at the 10:11 mark to tie the game, making things really interesting for the final ten minutes of regulation. Surprisingly, things weren’t all that interesting in the final ten minutes, and overtime ensued. The Canes outshot the Bruins 12 to 7 in the third period, bringing the regulation total to 28 to 21 in favor of the Bruins.
Overtime had a good pace, but not a ton of high-quality chances. The Bruins pushed the pace a bit more than the Canes in the first half of the overtime frame, but couldn’t solve Petr Mrazek to end it. Brady Skjei went off for holding with 1:36 remaining, but the Bruins couldn’t capitalize before the end of overtime. The Bruins outshot the Canes 11 to 6, bringing the total to 39 to 27 through 80 minutes.
Following the intermission, the Canes killed off the remaining 24 seconds of the Skjei penalty. It didn’t matter much for the Bruins, as Patrice Bergeron ended it thanks to some sweet passing by Pastrnak (1) and Marchand (2). The shots were just 1 to 1 in the second overtime, bringing the final total to 40 to 28. Thank God this one didn’t go to five overtimes. Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in the win. Game 2 gets underway tomorrow night at 8 PM, so both teams have a quick turnaround.
Final Score: 4-3 Boston (2OT)
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