By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88
All good things must come to an end and the Boston Bruins’ NHL record-breaking home game-winning streak came to a dramatic end tonight at the TD Garden. Fans got their money’s worth as they witnessed a hard-fought comeback and welcomed back former Head Coach Bruce Cassidy with loud cheers. The B’s are now 20-3-1; Jeremy Swayman made 22 saves while Logan Thompson made 40 saves.
The Boston Bruins would trail early on in the first period as Vegas scored two quick goals. Paul Cotter got the Knights on the scoreboard first at 1:36. Jonathan Marchessault would score at 5:04, making it 2-0.
Boston gameplay looked a bit lost at times however after some furious-looking scoring chances, the B’s penalty kill would be tested first when Brad Marchand was called for elbowing against Danii Miromanov. No goal as the Bruins kept Vegas to zero shots during their power play.
Paul Cotter made it 3-0 to open up the second period, scoring his second goal at 0:51 seconds in. Looking to shift energy back into their gameplay, the Bruins continued to look for their first goal of the night. Boston had another scoring chance during a power play on a hooking penalty against Charlie Coyle, however, the team could not muster a goal.
Brad Marchand got the team on board scoring his eighth goal of the season after snapping the puck in past Logan Thompson, making the score 3-1. Patrice Bergeron and Brandon Carlo notched the helpers on Marchand’s goal. The Bruins were within on goal as David Pastrnak scored his 17th goal of the season to close out the second period making it 3-2. Charlie McAvoy and Hampus Lindholm were credited with the assists.
Boston had a chance to tie the game during a power play as Keegan Kolesar skated off on a hooking penalty. With 1:36 left to the power play, the B’s would get a five-on-three-man advantage. Zach Whitecloud sat in the penalty box on a tripping infraction against Patrice Bergeron.
As the first power play came to a close Taylor Hall tied the game 3-3, scoring on his own rebound. Both teams had multiple scoring chances to win in regulation however this game would go to overtime.
Boston had a four-on-three man advantage during the overtime, however, were unable to capitalize. The game would head to a shootout and unfortunately, the Knights’ Reilly Smith potted the game-winning goal during the fifth round. The NHL record for home game wins to start a season is now 14 games-a record set by the Boston Bruins.
END OF GAME SCORE: BOS-3, VGK-4/SO
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-43, VGK-24
NEXT GAME: Wednesday, December 7th, @ Colorado Avalanche with puck drop at 9:00 PM