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Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Jan 11, 2024; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights players celebrate after Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) scored a goal against the Boston Bruins in overtime to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 victory at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

For the third time in as many games, the Bruins were unable to settle things through three periods of play.

And for the third time in as many games, the Bruins found themselves unable to secure the second point, this time with the B’s on the wrong end of a 2-1 overtime final against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

And the overtime looked entirely too easy for the Golden Knights, as Mark Stone took advantage of an overeager poke check attempted by the Bruins’ David Pastrnak and waltzed into the B’s zone for a 2-on-1 chance buried by Alex Pietrangelo at the 46-second mark of the overtime session.

  • With the loss, the Bruins fell to 0-0-3 on the road trip, and have earned three of a possible six points to date. It’s also Boston’s first stretch of back-to-back-to-back ‘OTLs’ since a three-game ‘OTL’ streak that ran from Dec. 17-21, 2019.

    If you’re looking for a positive within that stat, the good news is that after that third OTL back then, they went on to win 23 of following 33 games. Now, the bad news? That 33-game run ended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, uh, fingers crossed. (But not too hard.)

  • Knotted up at 0-0 through 40 minutes of play, the action ramped up in the third period, and as the teams alternated penalties.

    And it was on Danton Heinen’s second penalty of the frame that opened the door for the Golden Knights, with a Jack Eichel deflection on a Jonathan Marchessault shot for the game’s first goal, scored with 12:59 remaining in the third period of play.

    Eichel’s goal broke what was a 122:41 stretch of scoreless play for Vegas.

  • But while the Bruins fumbled a power-play opportunity, strong pressure from Jakub Lauko forced a Vegas turnover, and opened the door for a Matt Grezlcyk rip through traffic and into the back of the net for a 1-1 tie with under eight minutes to go in the third period of play.

    The strike ended a 19-game goalless drought for the 5-foot-9 Grzelcyk, and helped set the stage for the aforementioned overtime frame.

  • But in the overtime, it was that Pastrnak poke that seemed to be the Bruins’ unraveling. When Pastrnak went for the poke, Bruins winger Brad Marchand cut towards the offensive zone. It would’ve been the right move had Pastrnak been able to poke the puck off Stone’s stick. But that did not happen, and it instead gave the Golden Knights one of the cleaner 2-on-1 opportunities a team could ask for in the 3-on-3 overtime frame, and with a flat-footed Pastrnak and a behind-the-play Marchand unable to catch up in time.

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 11: Jeremy Swayman #1 of the Boston Bruins takes a break during a stop in play in the second period of a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on January 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 11: Jeremy Swayman #1 of the Bruins takes a break during a stop in play in the second period of a game against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on January 11, 2024. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    The loss wasted what was a solid 23-of-25 performance from Bruins netminder Jeremy Swayman, who made some absolutely brilliant saves in this one, from his first-period robbery of Chandler Stephenson to a third-period pad save on Ivan Barbashev.

  • Prior to this game, the Bruins placed defenseman Brandon Carlo on the injured reserve with an upper-body injury, and recalled goaltender Brandon Bussi from AHL Providence.

    Bussi served as Swayman’s backup for this contest with Linus Ullmark on the shelf and considered day to day with a lower-body injury after he left Tuesday’s overtime loss to the Coyotes.

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 11: Paul Cotter #43 of the Vegas Golden Knights skates with the puck against Jakub Lauko #94 of the Boston Bruins in the second period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on January 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 11: Paul Cotter #43 of the Golden Knights skates with the puck against Jakub Lauko #94 of the Bruins in the second period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on January 11, 2024. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    The B’s also played this game without the services of center Matt Poitras after the 19-year-old suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday night against the Coyotes.

    With Poitras out, Lauko slid back in the Black and Gold lineup.

    The B’s will wrap up the four-game road trip Saturday night in St. Louis.

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