FINAL SCORE: Blues 2, Bruins 1 (SO)
IN BRIEF: Tuukka Rask stood on his head in net with some resilient play late -- including three incredible saves in the final minute of overtime -- and took it to six rounds of shootout before Sammy Blais beat him with a no-angle bar-down to snap Boston's seven-game win streak. The Bruins come home from their five-game road trip having won nine of a possible 10 points, and now have six straight at home.
BRUINS RECORD: 36-17-9 (81 points), 2nd in Atlantic Division
FROM JOE HAGGERTY:
That was a pretty decent first couple of periods for Charlie Coyle in his first game as a member of the Bruins. Coyle was on the ice for the goal against after Peter Cehlarik turned a puck over in the neutral zone, but he also had a shift where he was out with Brad Marchand where the Blues couldn’t get the puck off his stick. He threw a big hit at the end of the shift, and kicked off a couple of shifts where the Bruins started cycling the puck and generating some momentum. They just couldn’t keep it going, though, and it looks like they’ll have difficulty sustaining energy in this one. Coyle didn’t have any shots on net, but was one of the few B’s players having a good day on the draw with 6-of-8 faceoff wins.
Chris Wagner was the best player on the ice for the Bruins in this game today. He had the only scoring chance for the B’s in the first period, when Sean Kuraly fed him a pass from behind the net that Jordan Binnington stopped, and then Wagner scored the B’s first goal in the second period. It was Kevan Miller with a big rush and then diagonal cross-ice pass to Wagner for the wide open chance. Wagner had a goal, a plus-1 rating, two shots on net, three shot attempts, a hit and a couple of blocked shots in 7:44 through the first two periods. He also now has three goals on the five game road trip for the Bruins, and has really come on in the second half of the season for the Black and Gold.
There was some really nice defense from Charlie McAvoy in the second period. He wrestled Ivan Barbashev out of the crease at one point without allowing him to get a good shot on net, and then he made a diving play to break up an Alex Steen pass to Barbashev wide open in front on a Bruins penalty kill later on. McAvoy obviously gets plenty of credit for his offense and puck-moving, but he was showing some quality defense today as well. That’s what he needs to do to become a true No. 1 defenseman, and he really looks like he’s beginning to make that transition for the Black and Gold. He’s not filling up much on the stat sheet, but he’s been a difference-maker with the way that he’s playing away from the puck.
⬇️ HIGHLIGHTS ⬇️
WAGNER TIES IT AT 1
👀 THIS CHARLIE COYLE SHOOTOUT GOAL . . .
TUESDAY: vs San Jose, 7 p.m. (NESN)
THURSDAY: vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
SATURDAY: vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m. (NESN)
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