By: Liz Rizzo: Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88
After a successful western road trip, the Boston Bruins were back in town to face a red-hot Seattle Kraken team who have won their last six games in a row. Despite some aggressive scoring chances, the Bruins would lose in a shut-out tonight at the TD Garden.
The Bruins would be down a player early on when Hampus Lindholm was called for hi-sticking against Andre Burakovsky. Luckily Boston was able to kill off the Kraken’s first power play of the game.
Seattle’s Brandon Tanev got a piece of teammate Daniel Sprong’s shot for the tip-in giving the team a 1-0 lead at 07:14 in the first period. It would be Tanev’s eighth goal of the season.
Throughout the period, the Bruins could not close out any plays against a fast-paced Seattle team. Boston once again was on the penalty kill as Craig Smith sat in the box for tripping against Ryan Donato. The B’s were able to kill off the Kraken’s power play and minutes later had their one and only power play of the night when Justin Schultz was nabbed for tripping against Hampus Lindholm.
Boston continued to swarm around Seattle’s net but simply had no puck luck. The period ended with the Kraken up one goal against the Bruins.
END OF FIRST PERIOD: BOS-0, SEA-1
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-14, SEA-8
In an attempt to shift gameplay, Boston’s Pavel Zacha had a golden opportunity to tie the game. A partial breakaway attempt by David Pastrnak was also stonewalled by Seattle’s goaltender Martin Jones.
On the flip side, the Kraken continued to break through the Bruins’ defense and spent a good portion down Boston’s zone. Linus Ullmark luckily kept much of Seattle’s shots at bay-giving the B’s a chance to tie the game.
Midway through the second period, the Bruins would be back on the penalty kill when Brad Marchand was called for hooking against Will Borgen. Once again special teams worked overtime for Boston as Seattle was unable to score on the man advantage.
With the B’s looking for their first goal of the night, Jones stonewalled every single chance. Despite multiple shots attempts from all angles, Boston just could not get the puck past the Seattle netminder. The Kraken’s speed remained unmatched throughout the entire game and unfortunately, they were rewarded when Eeli Tolvanen made it 2-0.
As the second came to a close and with 38 seconds left, Tolvanen’s shot hit the post and snuck in up underneath the net before bouncing out. A frustrating and restless end to the second period saw Seattle ahead of the Bruins 2-0.
END OF SECOND PERIOD: BOS-0, SEA-2
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-10, SEA-9
In the final third period, the Bruins would continue to have stellar scoring chances but were outplayed by a less exhausted team. With five minutes left, Boston would pull Ullmark from his net giving the B’s the extra player. Despite lots of zone time in Seattle’s end and handing the Kraken a barrage of shots, the Bruins would fall 3-0 as Jaden Schwartz scored an empty-netter.
This would be the team’s first loss in regulation on home ice after a record-breaking start to the season and are now 19-1-3 on home ice (still quite impressive). Boston’s overall record is now 32-5-4. Ullmark made 28 saves on 30 shots while Martin Jones made 27 saves and has back-to-back shutouts.
END OF GAME SCORE: BOS-0, SEA-3
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-27, SEA-31
NEXT GAME: Boston Bruins versus Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday, January 14th, with puck drop at 7:00 pm.
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