By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Despite an afternoon that featured more passengers than drivers, the Bruins capped a two-goal comeback and kept their winning streak alive thanks to David Krejci’s overtime goal over Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers in a Black Friday matinee at TD Garden.
“I think lately, we’ve found ways to win because we’ve got good players,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said after the win. “We’re a good team, but we’re trying to get to that 60-minute game like everyone else in the National Hockey League, so as a coach, that’s what you’re always looking at a little bit, the result but also the process for us. You always want to win, but I think for us, we’re trying to build that process to get where we want to go, and that’s equally important. Great to get the two points.
“I thought we certainly pushed in the third and overtime to do that. I’d just like to see it happen a little sooner.”
Down 2-0 behind New York strikes from Pavel Buchnevich and Filip Chytil, the Bruins got on the board with just 1:32 remaining in the second period behind Sean Kuraly’s second goal of the year. The goal, assisted by Brandon Carlo and Jake DeBrusk, set the Bruins up for a winnable third period, where David Pastrnak struck to tie things up with 15:33 remaining.
The period was decidedly Boston’s (this despite a four-minute double-minor the Bruins were forced to killed off), with 11 shots from the Bruins compared to six for the Rangers, before Krejci sealed the deal in overtime.
Boston’s penalty kill was the story in this one, really, as the B’s went a perfect 6-for-6 on the kill, with Zdeno Chara playing a superhuman 7:20 of shorthanded time on ice by the night’s end.
B’s netminder Jaroslav Halak made the start in the Black and Gold’s crease, and finished with stops on 26 of the 28 shots thrown his way
Elsewhere in the Boston lineup, defenseman Connor Clifton returned to the lineup after sitting out Wednesday’s contest, and finished with four hits in 13:55 of action. Patrice Bergeron, meanwhile, missed his third straight game with a lower-body injury.
The Bruins will host the Canadiens at TD Garden on Sunday night.