Chad Johnson comes up huge for Bruins
He hasn’t seen as much action as he would like as Tuukka Rask has gotten off to a great start, but Bruins backup goalie Chad Johnson came up huge for the Bruins in their 3-2 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night. Johnson made 28 saves including 12 in the third period for his second win of the year.
After allowing a tough goal in the second period where he left a juicy rebound for Nick Foligno to score on, Johnson shut the door at the perfect time. From the midpoint of the third period on, Johnson made two phenomenal pad saves to keep the game tied at two and allow the Bruins to pick up the win in overtime.
Thursday’s contest was definitely the most comfortable we have seen Johnson in his three starts so far this season. The Bruins needed exactly what Johnson game them Thursday night. Johnson’s play was huge as the Bruins will look to give Rask more rest down the road. A game like this helps build trust in Johnson and gives the Bruins coaches more confidence in playing Johnson.
Tough night for Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton
With Adam McQuaid out of action for a few games due to an undisclosed injury, the Bruins were forced to juggle their defensive pairings a bit as Matt Bartkowski has been inserted into the lineup. One of those changes has been Hamilton moving to the number one pair alongside Captain Zdeno Chara.
On Thursday the No. 1 pairing had a rough night, defensively at least, as Chara did manage to pick up an assist on Loui Eriksson’s third goal of the season. Both Hamilton and Chara were caught chasing the puck behind the Bruins goal on a dump in which left the front of the net wide open for Blake Comeau to skate in and fire home his second goal of the season to give the Jackets an early 1-0 lead in the first.
The blame could be put on Chara as Hamilton was playing the puck and the skater that was on his side but regardless the duo needed better communication on that one.
At other times during the tilt the two found themselves in trouble and were lucky enough to be bailed out by Johnson with some big saves. It could be as simple as the duo needing more time playing together but it’s certainly something to monitor as it looks like the Bruins will be rolling with these same pairings until McQuaid returns.
Bruins avoid scare as Krejci crashes into boards
Midway through the first period, David Krejci went into the corner with Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky. As Dubinsky skated in to ride Krejci along the boards, the Bruins leading scorer seemed to lose an edge and was shoved face first into the boards by the Blue Jackets forward. Krejci immediately went down to the ice as his helmet came flying off thanks to the hit.
Krejci was able to get up and skate off on his own after a minute down on one knee. He missed the remainder of the first period but was right back out there to start the second.
With the rash of concussions in the past few seasons, and Krejci’s history with the injury it was great to see Krejci back out there for the start of the second period. With the Bruins back to playing Bruins hockey and things finally clicking for the Black and Gold, the Bruins could not afford to lose Krejci, who leads the team with 16 points in 18 games.
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