St. Louis grabs the extra point, beats B's 3-2 in a shootout
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A meeting between two heavyweights of the NHL ended in a shootout Thursday night, with the St. Louis Blues taking the extra point from the Boston Bruins at the Garden.
This matchup was circled on the calender when the schedule came out, as these two teams are a near mirrored image of each other; both play hard, skate hard, have toughness and skill and tremendous goal-tending.
Greg Campbell got his first goal of the year after some slick puck work from Daniel Paille and Torey Krug. After digging the puck out of the corner, Paille flipped a spinning puck across to Krug, who found Campbell parked to the side of Jaroslav Halak and one-timed/fanned on the shot, as it found its way right inside the post and past Halak's outstretched pad.
Yet just 30 seconds later, Tuukka Rask gave up one of the softest and ugliest goals you'll ever see. Barret Jackman flipped the puck on net from the blueline, passing a few bodies in front, one of them being Derek Roy. The replay showed he actually may not have touched the puck at all, but it was still slowed down to a trickle, and it somehow found its way past Rask. It was not pretty at all, and it was another late goal given up in the first period for Rask. David Backes put the Blues in front 2-1 at 16:04 with a defection off a Kevin Shattenkirk loft from the blueline. It may have deflected off a Bruin in addition to Backes getting his stick on it, tripping Rask up even further.
Carl Soderberg bagged his third goal of the year just two minutes later, ripping home a laser beam of a shot off a feed from Reilly Smith. Along with Chris Kelly, all three skaters worked heavy in the zone to generate the chance, and Soderberg made no mistake with the shot.
The third period and overtime saw plenty of quality chances, but both goalies were on top of their game, turning aside plenty of goal-scoring opportunities, including a golden chance from Soderberg with just 10 seconds left, as he had Halak dead to rights on the breakaway, but Halak stoned him with the left leg pad.
In the shootout, Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal for the Bruins, where Alex Steen and Derek Roy put their chances past Rask. And Rask was not pleased with the loss, throwing another heavy stick-bashing to the post and the ice.
Its a tough loss to handle for the Bruins, as it would have been nice to pull of the W with Bobby Orr in the house, and for the fact that it was just a great hockey game.
With Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid both out, Kevan Miller saw his first NHL action. He did well, even recording a +1 on the night. It really is amazing how the Bruins have developed their defensive core in Providence, as at no point did Miller make a noticeable gaff.
Zdeno Chara played just a tick under 30:00 minutes, clocking in at 29:57, just two days from recording 31:27 versus the Rangers.
The B's fall to 14-6-2 on the season, with their next game coming Saturday versus the Hurricanes at the Garden.
Bobby Orr dropped the ceremonial puck, and as always, its great to see the Greatest to Ever Play yet again on the Garden ice.