Last night, the Bruins were in Chicago to take on the Blackhawks. You may remember that the B’s played the Hawks last week and barely squeaked out a win when David Pastrnak scored with 18 seconds to go.
Not much happened in the first two periods. A couple of penalties, a couple of power plays per side. The story of the early part of this game was Marc-Andre Fleury stealing the game. He faced 35 shots and saved every single one through 2 periods. Conversely, Linus Ullmark saw only 4 shots in the first and 7 in the second for 11 total.
In the third, the Bruins started on a partial penalty kill, one that started at the tail end of the previous frame. After a couple of scary moments and good saves, the B’s managed to exit their zone after killing the penalty. Almost 5 minutes into the period and on their 40th shot of the game, the Bruins finally broke through. Patrice Bergeron from Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall, who ended up with a skate blade upside his head. It’s okay; he got repairs on the bench.
Chaos in the crease.
Patrice Bergeron bats a puck home to break a 0-0 deadlock while Taylor Hall gets cut by Stillman’s skate.
Looks like Hall is ok. pic.twitter.com/Q1lyXPXUBD
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 16, 2022
And then almost 5 minutes later, Chicago tied it up.
Brandon Hagel ties it up with a gorgeous tip.
If I were the Bruins net-front defenders, I’d simply move him from that spot… #NHLBruins #Blackhawks
— Blake Thorne (@_BlakeThorne) March 16, 2022
There’s some bad blood between these two teams because a couple of minutes later, a scrum broke out after a stoppage.
Within the Ford F-150 Final Five, the third line cruised down the ice and Charlie Coyle scored a what he thought was a good goal but it was waived off for the slightest contact from Craig Smith with Fleury.
Charlie Coyle’s go ahead goal called goaltender interference. Bruins challenge. Still ruled no goal. I have no idea anymore pic.twitter.com/xFSyau0mUv
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) March 16, 2022
Cassidy challenged and lost, so then Chicago got a power play. After some great defending, the B’s killed off the penalty. The game would go to overtime.
In OT, the B’s had great energy. Marchy, Bergy and Chuckie started the extra period but it was the combo of Hall, Pasta, and Gryz who won the game.
No calling back this one. pic.twitter.com/9NoOE5bQif
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 16, 2022
Ully deserves alllll the hugs. pic.twitter.com/eSPWVcY9rV
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 16, 2022
Some Stray Thoughts:
Chicago has changed their power play song from the great Tiësto and Diplo collab “C’mon” to something that they can play with some seizure inducing lighting all throughout the arena.
I have no idea what the other song is. I liked it once upon a time when the Oilers used it for their PP song.
Nick Foligno played in his 1000th game last night and the team
has opted to honor him on April 2nd
against the team with which he played a majority of those games, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Boston had 48 shots on goal. Fleury stopped 39 before letting 1 in and then saved another 7 before the Bruins GWG.
NESN did not show the goalie hug which a BoT listener has dubbed the Swaymark hug. I feel lost and alone in this world when they don’t show it.
Despite some minor mistakes, Jack Edwards seemed a lot more engaged in calling this game. It was the first game he’s traveled for since March 2020.
After the game, Cassidy explained that he didn’t like the waived-off goal. He said he usually wouldn’t challenge so late in the game but that the call was so egregious that he felt he needed to do so.
Tomorrow night, the Bruins will play against the Wild in St. Paul
Morning all. Oof this week at work has been one problem after another. Calgon, take me away!
Interesting but frustrating game. It felt like the ‘hawks were keeping the Bruin shots from getting on goal early on. They certainly seemed to stop the Bruins from doing anything useful with the rebounds for a long time, and there were rebounds out there.
Don’t know WTF was going on with that no-goal review. (And does that count as a SOG? As a “save”?) Seems like a pretty straightforward reversal would have been in order. Glad it didn’t cost them the 2 points.
Watched the highlights with Chicago commentary and even THEY couldn’t believe it wasn’t a good goal!
I watched the no goal a bunch of times… probably should have been a goal. Not sure about the stats end of things
If MAF wants to be traded, he hasn’t hurt his trade value. He is super likable now that he isn’t a Penguin.
Still have about two days of cleaning to do before Jo comes home tonight… d’oh!
Sweeping it all under the rug!…. also, my brother made me laugh so hard that i slid off my barstool and my ass went through the wall… literally broke the sheetrock. He is a funny guy!