Bruins Defeat Hurricanes in Overtime Win
Within the first few minutes the Bruins came out on fire. Most of the first period was spent in the Hurricane’s zone. However, Hurricanes defenseman, Andrej Sekera, with a feed from teammates Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal, produced the first goal of the game about five minutes into the first.
A goal against did not affect the Bruins play. With 7:57 left in the first Cane’s center, Manny Malhotra, received a high sticking penalty. The Bruins took advantage of the 4:00 minute power play. Milan Lucic’s shot deflected off Cam Ward’s pad right onto Zdeno Chara’s stick. Chara easily put the rebound in the back of the net.
“It gives your team a little bit of momentum and jump.” Chara said about the power play goal. “I thought we could have done a better job afterwards on our power plays, but we have to be better next time. “
The second period did not bring much excitement until the end. Newcomer, Reilly Smith, would put the Bruins in the lead going into the third period after sneaking one past Ward. Matt Bartkowski and Carl Soderberg would register the assists.
Despite the two power plays given to the Bruins in the third they were not able to capitalize. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, would be able to capitalize on the Bruin’s power play. At 8:50 in the third, Patrick Dwyer took advantage of a Bruin’s mental error when he tied the game on a breakaway,
The game would then be decided in an overtime. David Krejci would eventually be the hero of the game. Jerome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk set Krejci up in front of Ward. Krejci, almost in slow motion, dangled his way into a goal, completely faking out the goaltender in front of him.
“He didn’t panic with it and sometimes you wish that he’d have less patience and make things happen a little quicker.” Coach Claude Julien said about Krejci’s overtime winner. “But he slows the game down to his pace a lot of times and when he’s on top of his game it really throws the other team off.”
The Bruins will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night at the TD Garden.