February 19, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Wild

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0
MIN - 2

SHOTS
BOS - 26
MIN - 26 

Forty minutes are down in Minnesota where the Bruins trail the Wild 2-0.

Boston had a miserable showing in the second, putting 12 shots on Backstrom but with no quality chances.

Chad Rau scored his second career goal to put Minnesota on top 1-0.

Matt Cullen pushed the lead to two when the veteran beat Thomas on a Wild PP.

Only two minor penalties have been handed out so far. Minnesota capitalized on their lone power play, while Boston squandered their own man advantage of the afternoon.

Boston is in danger of getting shutout for the fourth time in nine contests.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
BOS - 0
MIN - 0

SHOTS
BOS - 14
MIN - 12

Twetny minutes are in the books at Xcel Energy Center where the Bruins and Wild are scoreless.

Boston carried the play for the most part in the opening frame, as the B's had the lion's share of scoring chances despite a slim 14-12 edge in shots.

Dan Paille had two breakaway opportunities in the first period. His first attempt was a slapper that produced a rebound Greg Campbell couldn't bury. Later, Paille got loose and let a wrister go that hit Wild goalie Nik Backstrom square in the chest.

The B's had the lone power play of the opening frame, as Darroll Power was whistled for goalie interference (haven't heard that enough lately), but Boston couldn't cash in.

Statistically it was a pretty evenly matched 20 minutes of hockey. The Bruins held a 7-6 edge in hits, while Minnesota won 12-of-23 faceoffs.