Blidh notches first NHL goal in Bruins' loss

Blidh notches first NHL goal in Bruins' loss

BOSTON -- While it was mostly a negative night for the Boston Bruins, there was a bright spot with fourth line rookie winger Anton Blidh.

The Swedish energy forward scored his first NHL goal in the third period to help key a Bruins rally that ended up falling short in a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders at TD Garden, and was both happy and subdued after the game.

“I mean it’s a nice experience. I’m glad to score my first NHL goal, but yeah, we lost and that sucks,” said Blidh, who finished with five shots on net and eight shot attempts to go along with his three registered hits in 11:20 of ice time. “I tried to give [plenty of energy] and then get things back on track. You come in, like to give me a couple games and I can make my game. I felt more comfortable.”

The goal was a hustling fourth line-type goal as Blidh fired a shot that started toward the center of the net before it ricocheted off Nick Leddy’s skate and ultimately into the Islanders net. It was a shot from a bad angle that needed some assistance to end up going in, but it was also a solid offensive choice with the puck from a fourth line winger where offense is strictly a bonus.

Whether it’s kicking in a little secondary offense or agitating opponents into taking penalties as he did with Drew Doughty last weekend, Blidh is quickly becoming a player that might be able to stick in Boston for that fourth line role.

“He plays a very simple game, a north-south game. He brings a lot of speed and he’s got some skill,” said Jimmy Hayes, who skated on a line with Blidh on Sunday. “He just continues to get pucks to the net and he plays hard and he gets underneath the other team’s skin, he’s been very effective.

“He continues to find ways to get out there against the top opponents to get under their skin, and try to get them to draw some penalties. I think he’s been doing a heck of a job of it and it was nice to see him get his first one.”

While it’s far from a guaranteed gig for life with the Bruins, the 21-year-old Blidh is playing himself into a bigger role with the Black and Gold while showing off exactly what he can do as a very effective energy player in Boston. 

Talking Points from the Bruins 6-5 win over the Sharks

Talking Points from the Bruins 6-5 win over the Sharks

Gold Star, Black Eye Quote to Note and more in Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 6-5 OT win over the Sharks in San Jose.

GOLD STAR: Charlie McAvoy is once again playing the hero as it was the Bruins second-year D-man that wound up and stepped into a shot in overtime to give the Bruins the win. McAvoy was also the guy that stepped up and scoring the game-winning goal at the end of the third period last weekend in Los Angeles as well, so he’s got game-winning goals in two straight games. McAvoy finished with the game-winning shot, a team-high seven registered hits and a pair of blocked shots in a big 24:58 of ice time while again playing like a No. 1 defenseman. McAvoy wasn’t a dominant force offensively throughout the game, but instead just stepped up and made the play with everything on the line.

BLACK EYE: Evander Kane finished a minus-2 for the game, had a horrendous change where he weakly skated off the ice leading to the 3-on-2 odd-man rush for the B’s game-winning goal in overtime and also did everything he could to avoid Kevan Miller pretty much all evening. He was a non-factor offensively in a game that featured 10 goals, but it was about the mistakes and the unwillingness to play a tough, gritty game against a Bruins team where he’s had plenty of battles over the years. Kane came up pretty weak all-around in this one and the Sharks ended up missing out on a valuable point as a result of it.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins very nearly lost both points in this game after making a lot of mistakes during regulation play. They also very nearly blew a 3-0 lead that they’d built up to start the game and got nothing for it. But Chris Wagner came down and attacked the net in the final couple minutes of the third period to knock home the rebound of a Brandon Carlo shot and that tied things up in the final moments of the third period. It appeared that it could have been called a high stick based on Wagner going high up in the air to swat the puck out of the net before throwing it past the goal line. But the goal was allowed to stand and ended up giving the B’s two points when they pulled it out in overtime.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jumbo Joe Thornton really turned back the clock and scored a pair of goals against his old Boston Bruins team in the first two periods, and then finished off the amazing performance with a hat trick by scoring in the third period as well. Thornton finished with the three goals and a plus-2 in 14:48 of ice time, had three shots on net and four takeaways while scoring all of his goals while paying the price around the front of the net. Thornton also lost 8-of-12 face-offs in a rough performance in that area, but does anybody really care when Jumbo scored three of San Jose’s five goals in a wild, wild night at the Shark Tank.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4-0-0 – the Bruins are now undefeated and scoring a ton of goals in the four games since David Pastrnak injured his left thumb and exited the B’s lineup.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Where to start? It has to be a full moon out there tonight, but it’s a good thing that we ended up on the right side of it.” –Bruce Cassidy to NESN about the wild proceedings that ended up in a 6-5 overtime win over the Sharks. 

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Did Bruins get robbed of a goal vs. Sharks? Replay suggests they did

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Did Bruins get robbed of a goal vs. Sharks? Replay suggests they did

The Boston Bruins came within a few centimeters of taking a first-period lead in Monday night's game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center, and you could make a strong case a goal should have been awarded. 

Here's a closer look at the puck rolling around the goal line before Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic cleared the danger. It appears there is some ice between the puck and the line, which would indicate a goal. 

And here's a video replay:

Wow, that is really close.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had a conversation with one of the referees, but nothing good resulted from it for Boston.

Luckily for the Bruins, defenseman Torey Krug opened the scoring later in the period. Zdeno Chara doubled Boston's lead to 2-0 with a goal of his own soon after. Karson Kuhlman would later put the Bruins up 3-0 with his first career NHL goal, but former Bruin Joe Thornton put the Sharks on the board with 2.7 seconds left in the first period, trimming Boston's lead to 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

The Bruins entered Monday with a 10-game point streak and a five-game win streak. 

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