The Boston Bruins took their six-game heater to Las Vegas and successfully beat The House, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights by a 3-2 shootout final at T-Mobile Arena.
The game opened up to a familiar tune for the B’s as Jake DeBrusk scored a goal for his fifth straight game, beating the Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury at the 11:17 mark of the first period, good for his 19th strike of the season.
The Golden Knights would answer before the opening 20’s closing horn, though, as ex-Bruin Reilly Smith beat Jaroslav Halak with just 1:36 left in the frame. It was good for Smith’s 10th goal of the season, and his third goal and fifth point in 13 career games against the Black and Gold.
Vegas carried that momentum into a middle frame that was pretty much all theirs, outshooting the Bruins 12-to-8, but failed to get a goal on the board, as Halak stood tall in spite of some tired legs in Boston sweaters.
For all of the Knights’ work, though, it was the Bruins that found paydirt first in the third period, as Brad Marchand rocketed a shot through Fleury just 1:09 into the final frame.
But Vegas did not let that derail their game, and instead countered with a beautiful Nate Schmidt rush and goal — complete with some woeful d-zone coverage from Charlie McAvoy — just 27 seconds later.
In what was their fourth game in six nights, the Bruins clearly struggled to keep pace with the hometown Knights as the game progressed, and were sent to the penalty kill on a too many men whistle in overtime.
It was there that Halak stood as Boston’s top penalty killer, and finished overtime with saves on all three shots faced.
Halak made saves on 31-of-33 shots thrown his way in the 65-minute effort.
Moved to a shootout, the Bruins struck in the bottom of the first on a goal from DeBrusk, and though the Golden Knights countered with a William Karlsson strike in the top of the second, it was the Bruins that won behind a bottom of the sixth shootout goal from… David Backes.
David Backes ends it in the sixth round of the shootout and the Bruins have won seven straight. pic.twitter.com/oQfnfpEaja— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) February 21, 2019
The Bruins complete their road trip with a Saturday afternoon head-to-head with the white-hot St. Louis Blues.