Round 1 — Jonas Hiller stops Ryan Spooner/Tuukka Rask save
Round 2 — Jarome Iginla scores/Tuukka Rask stops Corey Perry
Round 3 — Carl Soderberg stopped by Jonas Hiller/Ryan Getzlaf hits post
End overtime, 2-2: The Bruins had one good chance in the final seconds of overtime when Dougie Hamilton just barely kept the puck in the Anaheim end.
He fired a shot from the top of the slot, but the puck hit an Anaheim stick and deflected into the corner.
Overtime, 3:58, 2-2: Plenty of good cycling in the Anaheim end just led to a quality possession for the Bruins, but they couldn’t get a shot on goal.
Jonas Hiller covered up a loose puck before Zdeno Chara could do anything with it down around the goal line.
Overtime, 1:06, 2-2: Torey Krug just got the best chance of overtime thus far.
Brad Marchand’s shot went wide and rattled around the boards where Torey Krug picked it up at the right point. He carried it in and put it on goal, but Jonas Hiller made the save.
Overtime, 0:01, 2-2: The overtime period is underway.
End third period, 2-2: The Bruins weren’t able to end the game in regulation in the final second like they did last week against the Sharks, but they’ll salvage a point and we’re going to overtime.
Third period, 17:10,2-2: Zdeno Chara had a power-play opportunity that he just barely missed in the first period when he couldn’t get the puck onto his stick. He had no such problems this time around.
Chara took a beautiful pass from David Krejci right in front and he was able to slide it by Jonas Hiller to tie the game with just under three minutes to play.
Third period, 17:02, Ducks 2-1: The Bruins will get one more chance.
Patrick Maroon was just called for tripping deep in the Boston end, which means the Bruins will have a power play for much of the remainder of this game. If the Bruins were to get things going, this would be a pretty good time to do so.
Third period, 12:32, Ducks 2-1: Anaheim just iced the puck, and Bruce Boudreau decides it’s a good time to use his timeout.
Third period, 10:22, Ducks 2-1: The Bruins just came within inches of tying the game, but Jarome Iginla couldn’t quite bury a second-chance opportunity.
Milan Lucic ripped a shot from the left dot that ended up hitting Jonas Hiller square in the mask. The rebound went to Iginla who was crashing the net right down the slot. However, the puck appeared to bounce over the forward’s stick, and he couldn’t put home the second chance.
Third period, 10:00, Ducks 2-1: The Bruins’ best chance of the third came after a defensive zone faceoff win and a good breakout.
Chris Kelly and David Krejci eventually worked a give and go into the Ducks end, which led to a shot on goal for Kelly who ripped a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Jonas Hiller was able to make the save, though, and preserve the one-goal lead for now.
Third period, 6:27, Ducks 2-1: The two goals that Tuukka Rask has let in so far have been pretty soft.
The Bruins goalie just made a big save on Nick Bonino. Rask gloved the shot from the left wing to keep it a one-goal game. Tough to say whether it would have hit the net, but a nice save nonetheless.
Third period, 3:00, Ducks 2-1: The good news for the Bruins is that they killed off the penalty. The bad news for the Bruins is they will be down a man for the rest of the night.
Johnny Boychuk will not return to the game, not sure what the injury is.
Third period, 0:53, Ducks 2-1: Not the start to the third the Bruins wanted.
Patrice Bergeron was just whistled for high-sticking, and the Ducks get their fourth power play of the night.
Third period, 0:01, Ducks 2-1: The third period is underway here at TD Garden.
The Ducks are 6-0-0 when leading after two periods, while the Bruins are 0-3-0 when trailing after 40 minutes.
End second period, Ducks 2-1: The second period just came to an end, and it’s a rough way to end for the Bruins.
The B’s played a better period and even tied the game with Carl Soderberg’s goal, but the inability to finish the period may end up costing them dearly.
Second period, 19:39, Ducks 2-1: That is a potentially back-breaking blow for the Bruins.
Gregory Campbell lost a defensive zone draw that eventually got back to Mathieu Perreault. The Anaheim center simply whirled and put the puck toward the net, and it went through Tuukka Rask’s legs.
It looked like Rask might not have gotten a good look at it with Torey Krug standing in front of him.
Second period, 18:00, 1-1: The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty, but the Ducks did get a great chance.
Ryan Getzlaf skated down the slot and tipped a pass from the wing, but Tuukka Rask slid to make a pad save.
Anaheim is 0-for-3 on the power play now.
Second period, 15:33, 1-1: Ryan Spooner, who picked up his first career point on the Carl Soderberg goal, is going to the penalty box.
Spooner was just called for hooking, which means the B’s must kill off another penalty.
Second period, 12:45, 1-1: Carl Soderberg had a forgettable first period when his turnover led to the Ducks’ goal, but he just did some redeeming here in the second period.
Soderberg looked to be shot out of a cannon as he went flying up the ice and was able to turn a breakout into a breakaway as he was able to beat the defense down the ice.
His initial shot looked to have been stopped by Jonas Hiller, but when the goalie went to close his pads, he actually ended up kicking it in.
Chris Kelly made a great play along the boards in his own end to get the puck and then get it to Soderberg who was off to the races.
Second period, 8:00, Ducks 1-0: The Bruins have started to come alive a little bit here in the second period.
That includes their best scoring chance of the game on their best shift of the game. The fourth line got things going with an odd-man rush that led to a shot on goal for Dougie Hamilton with Shawn Thornton driving hard to the net.
Jonas Hiller made the save on Hamilton, but we’ll have to see if that type of shift will bring some energy to the Bruins who could sorely use it right now.
Second period, 1:40, Ducks 1-0: The Bruins have killed off the penalty, and things are back to even strength.
Second period, 0:01, Ducks 1-0: The second period is underway. Brad Marchand is in the penalty box for another 1:29.
End first period, Ducks 1-0: The first period has come to an end, and not a moment too soon for the Bruins.
The Bruins could only manage one shot on goal, and if you look at the replay, you’d be hard-pressed to see where that shot actually came from. Zdeno Chara was credited with the shot, but it’s tough to see where it actually hit the goalie.
First period, 19:28, Ducks 1-0: Brad Marchand is going back to the penalty box. This time it’s for holding.
First period, 19:00, Ducks 1-0: The Bruins finally recorded a shot on goal, and it comes off the stick of Zdeno Chara — supposedly.
It didn’t look like it was on net, but the Bruins have been credited with a shot on goal for the time being.
First period, 14:00, 0-0: The Bruins got absolutely nothing on the power play, and they continue to be mightily outplayed.
Zdeno Chara had a chance in front, but he whiffed on it. That will happen from time to time when you’re using a hockey stick that big.
Still no shots for the Bruins.
First period, 10:04, Ducks 1-0: The Bruins’ third line just had another rough start to a shift, but after Dennis Seidenberg steadied the puck in the Boston end before dumping into the Anaheim zone, things got better for Boston.
The B’s were able to possess the puck in the Anaheim end for a few seconds just long enough for Ryan Spooner to draw a first penalty. Hampus Lindholm was called for interference, and the Bruins get their first power play of the game.
First period, 8:30, 0-0: This has not been a pretty start for the Bruins through the first half of the first period at least.
Granted the Bruins did play a night ago, they are having it taken to them in the early going. The Ducks are skating hard and generating more chances while the Bruins continue to make puzzling decisions.
Boston has yet to put a shot on goal through 8:30 of the first period.
First period, 5:21, 0-0: The Bruins were able to kill off the penalty to Brad Marchand without any real scoring chances for Anaheim. The Ducks set up possession late in the man-advantage, but the Bruins did a nice job of getting in shooting lanes and blocking shots.
First period, 3:13, 0-0: Now the Bruins will have to kill off a penalty.
Brad Marchand was just called for elbowing. The Ducks’ power play is last in the league so far.
First period, 1:52, Ducks 1-0: The Bruins’ third line is struggling in a big way right now.
Carl Soderberg just turned the puck over in his own zone, and it came back to bite the Bruins in a big way. Soderberg tried to force a pass out of the zone along the boards, and Dustin Penner picked it off at the Boston blue line. Penner dished it to Mathieu Perreault who quickly tipped it to Devante Smith-Pelly, and he one-timed a shot from the high slot over Tuukka Rask’s glove.
First period, 0:01, 0-0: The game is underway.
6:40 p.m.: The Bruins certainly aren’t obviously tipping their hands in regards to the lineup.
Ryan Spooner is in, we know that much. So, too, is Chris Kelly. It’s still unclear who will be the healthy scratch. It would appear that Jordan Caron will sit and Carl Soderberg will play. However, Caron did take at least one line rush with that third line. It also appears that Spooner will center that line and Kelly will play the left wing.
6:32 p.m.: It looks like back-to-back starts for Tuukka Rask. The Bruins goalie just led the B’s onto the ice for pregame warmups, and it would appear that he’s getting the start after going last night in Pittsburgh.
6:15 p.m.: Bruins coach Claude Julien just wrapped up his pregame media session, and he says that Ryan Spooner will indeed play in this game. What Julien wouldn’t say, however, is who Spooner would replace in the Boston lineup.
Spooner is a natural center, but the Bruins are obviously pretty deep down the middle, so that might mean Spooner is moved to the wing. Another possibility, though, would be to move Chris Kelly to the wing and have Spooner center the third line. Kelly spent some time on the wing in Ottawa.
5:20 p.m.: Good evening and welcome into TD Garden where we’re about two hours from a matchup between the Ducks and the Bruins.
Since there was no morning skate, select member of the Bruins met with the media this afternoon. One of those players was David Krejci who came into the interview room wearing a brand-new Red Sox World Series champions shirt.
“It’s pretty special what they did last night,” Krejci said. “They support us, we support them. As a team, we’re pretty happy they won.”
“You hear about them having a parade on Saturday, you think about the parade we had a few years ago. It kind of brings back memories. It’s kind of too bad we’ll be playing on Saturday. If we weren’t I’m sure lots of us would probably go see.”
1:30 p.m.: It’s probably safe to assume there weren’t many eyes on the Bruins-Penguins game on Wednesday night, with that Boston baseball team playing downtown and doing the whole winning the World Series thing. Those who opted to check out B’s-Pens, however, were treated to a fine hockey game.
When it was all said and done, though, the Bruins dropped a 3-2 decision to Penguins in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. The Bruins played a strong third period, but that wasn’t enough to make up for a slow start through two periods. They won’t have long to think about things and work on anything, as the B’s are right back at it on Thursday night as they host the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks have been one of the league’s best records through the first month of the season. Anaheim comes in sporting a 10-3-0 record, having won three straight and eight of its last 10. The Ducks will be without a future Hall of Famer on Thursday night, though. Teemu Selanne is back in California where he was due to have oral surgery after taking a stick to the face Tuesday night in Philadelphia. He’s out for two weeks, which means his farewell tour won’t make an appearance in Boston, which is kind of a bummer.
In Bruins news, the B’s called up Ryan Spooner from Providence on Thursday morning. It’s unclear whether he’ll play against the Ducks, but Claude Julien didn’t seem too happy with the way his team played Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. The Bruins haven’t gotten much of anything out of their bottom six forwards, especially the third line, so it might be a good time to inject some new life with the addition of Spooner. The Bruins didn’t have a morning skate after a late night on Wednesday, so it’s tough to say what they’ll do there. Julien is expected to address the media at 4:30 where we might get a better idea of what his lineup plans are.
Puck drop from the Garden is slated for 7 p.m.
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