Boston Bruins

  • As good as the Bruins have been out of the gate this season, and even with Halloween in the rearview mirror, there was no denying the house of horrors that Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena has been for the Bruins.

    With wins in just two of their last 11 trips to Pittsburgh’s home arena, it’s as close to an ‘anything that can go wrong, will go wrong’ locale for the Bruins as any other in the National Hockey League. And it looked like that was going to remain the case Tuesday night, as the Bruins lost two players to in-game injuries and were just a minute and change from a loss on Pittsburgh ice.

    But with a Taylor Hall game-tying goal, and a successful penalty kill in the opening minutes of the overtime, Hampus Lindholm found all the time and space needed to end-to-end for a 6-5 Bruins overtime victory.

  • Down in an 0-1 hole just 30 into puck drop after Sidney Crosby’s game-opening marker, the Bruins rallied for a pair of strikes in 8:01 of action, as Charlie Coyle and Jakub Lauko provided the lifts to give the Bruins a lead through 20 minutes of action.

    But the Penguins came at Linus Ullmark & Co. in fast and furious fashion, with four goals in almost 10 minutes in the middle period, and chased Ullmark in the process.

  • But the Bruins responded, and brought themselves back within two by the end of the middle frame by way of a Brad Marchand power-play tally, and the comeback was on.

    Out of the gate with a sloppy start to open things up in the third period, the Bruins survived an interference call against Hall, and responded with a Pavel Zacha goal to make it a one-goal, white-knuckle finish.

    And then came Hall’s game-tying strike with just 1:17 left in regulation, which earned the Bruins a seemingly unlikely point in Pittsburgh, and paved the way for Lindholm’s heroics.

  • The Bruins also had to overcome some significant losses in this contest, as the team lost Derek Forbort to an upper-body injury after just one period of play, and lost Jeremy Swayman near the six-minute mark of the third period following Patrice Bergeron’s collision with the young netminder.

    Unable to put any weight on his left leg as he made his way off the ice, Swayman was spotted with ice on his left knee after the victory, but was not on crutches, according to The Boston Globe’s Matt Porter.

    The departure of Swayman obviously threw Ullmark back into the mix, and Ullmark held the fort to earn his seventh win of the season, with saves on 29 of the 34 shots faced.

    The B’s return to action Thursday night in NYC against the Rangers.