November 17, 2011

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Blue Jackets

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
CBJ – 1
BOS – 1

SHOTS
CBJ – 19
BOS – 14

The Bruins and Blue Jackets each got on the board in the second period and will head to the third knotted up at one goal apiece.

Derek MacKenzie opened the scoring at the 2:49 mark of the middle frame, making a nice deflection in the slot to redirect the puck past Tuukka Rask and put the Blue Jackets ahead 1-0.

But Boston answered just 1:35 later. Adam McQuaid sent a shot from the point through traffic that eluded Sanford, tying things up at 1-1. Rich Peverley was originally given credit for tipping the shot in at the top of the crease, but the scoring was later changed to McQuaid unassisted.

Midway through the period, Shawn Thornton and Jared Boll — two players that have dropped the gloves against once another before — threw down in a highly intense scrap. The two were endlessly jawing before being escorted to the box and it looks like Thornton threw him a one-finger salute on his way there.

Boston picked up the pace from there but the Blue Jackets definitely had majority of the chances over the final five minutes of the period.

Tuukka Rask has been more lucky than good through two periods. The Finnish netminder has narrowly missed looking foolish on a few occasions, benefiting greatly from Columbus’ inability to hit the net.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
CBJ – 0
BOS – 0

SHOTS
CBJ – 5
BOS – 6

Twenty minutes in the books here at TD Garden where the Bruins and Blue Jackets are scoreless.

Pretty sluggish start for both teams in tonight’s tilt. The Blue Jackets looked very much like a team that belongs in last place, while the Bruins hardly played like a squad that’s won six straight coming in.

Tuukka Rask was tested infrequently, but the netminder looked a little off on his angles a few times. There were a few close calls on shots to the far post that Rask looked like he wasn’t in position to stop (had they not sailed wide).

Milan Lucic looked like he had a sure-fire goal on a setup from David Krejci about midway through the frame. Lucic received a pass right on the doorstep and went to put on goal, but Marc Methot was in the right place at the right time to make a block.

Later, Lucic delivered the biggest hit of the night thus far, railroading defenseman Aaron Johnson into the corner in Columbus’ end.

Boston caught a break with 5:45 remaining in the period when Columbus was assessed a penalty for having too many men on the ice, but the B’s couldn’t convert on the ensuing man advantage.

Just shortly after the PP expired, Benoit Pouliot had a near miss. The winger roofed a shot over Curtis Sanford but the puck caught iron and bounced out.

PREGAME NOTES

Here are tonight’s pregame notes (courtesy of the Boston Bruins):

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (2-3-0, 2.62 GAA, .908 Save %) vs. Sanford
(0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 Save % in 1 game played this year). Rask is
1-1-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .918 Save % in two career games against
Columbus. Sanford has never faced the Bruins in 109 career NHL games.

SELLOUT STREAK: The Bruins enter tonight’s game having sold out their
last 96 consecutive home games at the TD Garden, including regular
season and playoffs.

STREAKING: The Bruins have won six straight games, scoring 34 goals
over the course of the streak. It’s the most goals scored in a
six-game stretch since they tallied 35 goals from Feb. 23-Mar. 7, 1994…
Brad Marchand has 4-5=9 totals during a six-game point streak, and the
B’s are 7-2-0 when Marchand registers a point.

PLUS/MINUS: Boston’s Tyler Seguin leads the NHL in plus/minus with a
rating of plus-15.

BOSTON CONNECTIONS: B’s center Gregory Campbell and Blue Jackets
defenseman James Wisniewski played two seasons together for the Plymouth
Whalers of the OHL… Adam McQuaid was drafted in the second round (55th
overall) by Columbus in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft then traded to Boston
on May 16, 2007 for a fifth round pick… Columbus’ Samuel Pahlsson
played 17 games for Boston from 2000-01 going 1-1=2 totals before being
traded on Nov. 18, 2000 to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Andrei
Nazarov and Patrick Traverse… Columbus’ Head Coach Scott Arniel is
Bruins prospect Jamie Arniel’s uncle.

THE LAST STAND: The Bruins conclude their five-game homestand tonight
(4-0-0 thus far) and are looking to sweep a homestand of five-or-more
games for the first time since going 5-0-0 from Nov. 29 – Dec. 11,
1986.