Wow, that was a game. It’s weird to say that about a game that was 1-0 for a huge portion of it and was 2-1 as a final. What was great about it was that it was fast paced with few stoppages through the first and second periods including no penalty calls; the first period was played in 26 minutes of real time. Even the shootout began at 9:34pm, when the third period would still be in play.
Charlie Coyle scored at 3:39.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 16, 2022
At some point in the second, he would go down in a scrum around the net. Looked like he blocked a puck or got a stick in the body. He would be missing until the third period.
The B’s dominated the first period outshooting the Rangers 8-2. New York came back in the second 15-9 but failed to get on the scoreboard. In the third both teams were about even. Filip Chytil scored early enough in the third for either team to win. The Bruins held off the Rangers, taking them to overtime.
Overtime was when it got interesting. Craig Smith banged into Igor Shesterkin while trying to get the puck in the net. Shesterkin was prone when his teammates took to roughing Smith. As a result Smith and Alexis Lafrenière both went to the box for Goaltender Interference and Roughing respectively.
Shesterkin continued on in net even though it looked like he was trying to get his vision right.
— Giovanni I. Alabiso (@GiovanniAlabiso) February 16, 2022
With 40 seconds to go, Alexander Georgiev took over in net for the rest of OT.
Great glove saves are a telltale sign of a concussion https://t.co/MMEMx42xPY
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 16, 2022
Then Shesterkin returned for the shootout.
Igor Shesterkin returns pic.twitter.com/k6yKMPkzfp
— Hockey Realm (@hockey_realm) February 16, 2022
Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle scored in the shootout while Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin also did for the Rangers. After an eternity (13 other shooters), K’Andre Miller finally got one past Jeremy Swayman.
— ESPN (@espn) February 16, 2022
Swayman was 33-34 with a save percentage of .971. Not a bad night.
Next up: the Bruins visit the Islanders new home, the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York. And the good news is that Bergy might be back for that game.