Final: Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1 (2-1, shootout)
The Bruins closed out their five-game homestand in dramatic fashion, winning their seventh game in a row in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Rich Peverley and David Krejci beat Columbus goaltender Curtis Sanford in the shootout while Tuukka Rask stopped Rick Nash and Antoine Vermette, to seal the victory for the Bruins.
Krejci was credited with the game-winning goal in the shootout while Adam McQuaid was credited with the game-tying goal in the second period after he tallied his first goal of the season at 4:24.
Blue Jackets 1, Bruins 1, 4:08
Andrew Ference is sent off for boarding, giving the Blue Jackets the man advantage. The Bruins kill it off to send it to a shootout. At the end of overtime, Columbus led the Bruins in shots on goal, 31-27.
Blue Jackets 1, Bruins 1, 1:05
Antoine Vermette was sent off for slashing, giving the Bruins a huge power play opportunity. The B’s, however, failed to convert on three prime scoring chances.
Blue Jackets 1, Bruins 1, end of third
The Bruins had their chances — and plenty of them, too — to end this in regulation. Their best, perhaps, came with a little more than half a minute remaining, when the B’s started a three-man rush on Curtis Sanford, who ventured outside the crease to battle David Krejci for a puck that caromed over their heads. The puck landed in front of the crease and danced across the goal mouth, just out of the reach of Andrew Ference’s blade. Overtime.
Blue Jackets 1, Bruins 1, 1:57
Benoit Pouliot is sent for for a roughing minor, giving Columbus its second power-play opportunity of the game. The Bruins, however, manage to erase the penalty.
Blue Jackets 1, Bruins 1, end of 2d period
Both teams traded goals in the second period, with Derek MacKenzie scoring on a power-play tally at 2:49 and Adam McQuaid scoring the equalizer on his first goal of the season at 4:24. The Blue Jackets outshot the Bruins in the period, 11-8, to take a 19-14 advantage in shots on goal after two periods.
Blue Jackets 1, Bruins 1, 8:35
Shawn Thornton and Jared Boll were both sent off for fighting majors after they duked it out at mid-ice. The hockey fight judges scored the Thornton-Boll heavyweight bout as a draw.
Blue Jackets 1, Bruins 1, 4:24
Trailing 1-0, the Bruins responded by going on the offensive and getting the equaliizer from Adam McQuaid, who tallied his first goal of the season on an unassisted tally at 4:24. The goal had originally been credited to Rich Peverley, who appeared to redirect McQuaid’s rifle shot from the left point past Columbus netminder Curtis Sanford..
Blue Jackets 1, Bruins 0, PPG, 2:49
Derek MacKenzie puts Columbus on the board when he redirected Nikita Nikitin’s rifle shot from the right point.. McKenzie put the puck past a well-screened Tuukka Rask to give the visitors a 1-0 lead with one second remaining on a power play (Gregory Campbell, high sticking at :50 seconds).
Bruins 0, Blue Jackets 0, end of 1st period
Billed as the worst team in the NHL, the Blue Jackets played like anything but after battling the Bruins to a scoreless draw after the first period. The Bruins had six shots on goal, but the Blue Jackets countered with five of their own and stymied Boston on its sole power-play opportunity, allowing nary a single shot on net.
Bruins 0, Blue Jackets 0, 14:15
Bruins go on power play for the first time in the game after the Blue Jackets are called for too many men on the ice. Vinny Prospal served the bench minor for Columbus. The Jackets’ PK erased the penalty.
Welcome to TD Garden where the Bruins (9-7-0) will attempt to wrap up this five-game homestand by extending their winning streak to seven games in tonight’s contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets (3-13-1). Tuukka Rask (2-3-0, 2.62 GAA) will be back in goal for the B’s while Curtis Sanford will be making his first start of the season for Columbus.
Andrew Ference (lower body injury) and Daniel Paille (broken nose) are back in the lineup for the Bruins while Johnny Boychuck (flu-like symptons) and Jordan Caron (healthy scratch) are out.