Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

  • The Boston Bruins’ NHL record home unbeaten streak is over. Though they still have yet to lose a home game in regulation, the Vegas Golden Knights were able to edge them out via shootout in a 4-3 win over the B’s Monday night at TD Garden. The loss drops the Bruins’ record at home to 14-0-1 to begin the regular season.

    After going down 3-0, the Bruins completed the comeback early in the third period after a pair of Vegas penalties gave them a 5-on-3 power play. Deploying five forwards, the Bruins eventually found the back of the net on Taylor Hall’s second effort in front.

    Golden Knights goalie Logan Thompson made 40 saves in a heroic effort, including 13 stops in the third period after the B’s had tied the game. The Bruins out-shot the Knights 43-24 on the night, including 35-16 in the final two periods and overtime.

    The Golden Knights put the Bruins behind the 8-ball early with Paul Cotter’s third goal of the season just 1:36 into the game, on Vegas’ first shot. Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo got caught chasing the play, as he struggled to contain Cotter behind the net, then couldn’t disrupt William Karlsson’s centering pass, and appeared to briefly screen goaltender Jeremy Swayman before Cotter fired the one-timer into the net.

    David Pastrnak was directly responsible for the Golden Knights’ second goal, committing an egregious giveaway on a futile breakout attempt. He fired the puck right at streaking Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault, who was initially stopped by Swayman but finished his rebound opportunity to make it 2-0.

  • The Bruins didn’t lack chances in the opening period, but they couldn’t capitalize – or they weren’t willing to try. They often passed up quality looks at the goal, which led to giveaways. The margin of 5-on-5 scoring chances in the first period was just 10-7 in favor of the Golden Knights, despite the 2-0 score.

    Boston found its footing at both ends in the second period, generating five high-danger scoring chances at 5-on-5, against just one for Vegas. Unfortunately, that one chance went in the net, as Jeremy Swayman couldn’t make the stop on Cotter despite an open look at the shot. Cotter’s second goal put the Golden Knights up 3-0.

    But the Bruins’ persistence paid off, as they finally notched their first tally at the 6:14 mark of the second. As Jake DeBrusk drew defenders toward him in the slot, Brad Marchand was able to slip to the net-front far-side, where Patrice Bergeron found him for the cross-ice one-timer and the finish to make it 3-1.

    Pastrnak delivered the real gut-punch of the period, when he ripped a shot of his own from the faceoff circle to cut the deficit to 3-2 with just 24 seconds left in the period.

    Pastrnak was unable to score in the shootout, however. The only player to score was former Bruin Reilly Smith, who beat Swayman in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Golden Knights the second point.

  • The Bruins are scheduled to practice in Boston on Tuesday, then fly out to Colorado for a rematch with the Avalanche. And just like the Avs will get another crack at the Bruins on Wednesday night, they will get another shot at beating Vegas when they head out there Friday night.

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