Boston Bruins | Recap and Week Ahead Nov. 17th-23rd

Boston Bruins | Recap and Week Ahead Nov. 17th-23rd

For the fourth time this season, the Boston Bruins would lose via shootout as they surrendered a late tying goal against the Washington Capitals. Despite the above-stellar performance of Jaroslav Halak in net, Boston simply could not close the game out in regulation. If there is any positive note here is that the Bruins are still the only NHL team that has not lost in regulation at home.

Game Recap

Boston forward and Massachusetts-native Charlie Coyle got the B’s on the board at 11:32 in the first. Washington answered back when a deflected shot went past Halak, tying the game at the end of the first. David Pastrnak would give the Bruins the lead for most of the night when he hit a snapshot past Braden Holtby, making the score 2-1. With 58 seconds left in the third, the Caps own T.J. Oshie would snap one in. Both teams went scoreless in OT, which set up the not-so-popular shootout.

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(Photo Credits: The Boston Globe)

Charlie Coyle would bank one in for Boston, but ultimately goals from T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana gave the edge to Washington. The Bruins are now 0-4 in shootouts and have lost five out of six games recently. Halak made 42 saves and declined to be interviewed after the game:

“He was our best player by far..disappointing that we couldn’t finish it because I thought our third period, we really bought into what we needed to do compared to the Florida game…in the first and second, yeah, he made a number of outstanding saves and again in the shootout.”

Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy


Patrice Bergeron did not play due to a nagging lower-body injury and remains day-to-day. Torey Krug has also been placed on injured reserve. Paul Carey was recalled from Providence for Saturday night’s game against Washington and played his 100th NHL game.

Some of the injured players skated this past Saturday morning-Jake Debrusk, Torey Krug, John Moore, and Brett Ritchie. There is news that Ritchie could practice with the team on Monday morning as he looks to be the closest to return.

Week Recap

Last Sunday, the Bruins were back home in Boston as they played against the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly scored first as Travis Konecny netted one past Halak (who was in net for Boston). The Flyers extended the lead 2-0 in the first period. Boston would have a goal waved off for “goaltender interference” when Connor Clifton appeared to score on the rebound.

Danton Heinen would get the B’s officially on the board when he scored in the third period. Brad Marchand would tie the game, making the score 2-2 at the end of regulation. The Bruins had a chance late in the third to end the game when David Pastrnak was awarded a penalty shot, however, the shot was blocked. Ultimately the game went to a shootout and the Flyers defeated the Bruins for their fourth straight win.

Shootout Woes

As the Bruins continued with their slump, the game against the Florida Panthers poured more salt onto their wounds. With the Bruins ahead 4-0 by the second, Florida was able to mount a comeback, tying it up in the third. Both teams were unable to score in overtime and once again, the Bruins were placed in a tough position. Florida would stun the Boston team as they beat them in the shootout, winning 5-4.

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(Photo Credits: Jim Davis/Boston Globe Staff )

Northern Exposure

In the first of a back-to-back, the Bruins would travel up north to face the Toronto Maple Leafs who have been struggling as of late. In a much-needed win, the Bruins and the Leafs would trade goals all night. Boston’s own Charlie Coyle would open up the scoring in the first period. In the second, Toronto would tie it up after a high tip-in by Auston Matthews. Eleven seconds in the opening of the third, Brad Marchand would score off his own rebound, making it 2-1.

Kasperi Kapanen answered back at 3:54 in the period, tying the game at two apiece. Later on in the third, Marchand would once again score off his own rebound. Captain Zdeno Chara fired the final nail in the coffin, making the final score 4-2 in regulation. It would be Marchand’s 700th NHL career-game played.

Week Ahead November 17th-23rd

The Boston Bruins travel to New Jersey as they face the Devils at the Prudential Center. New Jersey is now 7-8-4 and in their last 10 games are 5-3-2. Boston is now 5-2-3 in their last 10 games. David Krejci has six points in his last five games. Both Marchand and Pastrnak are tied in the league with 32 points.

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(Photo Credits: AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

New Jersey’s Taylor Hall leads the team with 17 points and 15 assists. Hall has three points in the last five games played. The Devils are coming off a 4-3 OT win over the Montreal Canadiens. They are 7th in the Metro Division and 26th in the league.



On Thursday, the Bruins head back home when they face Buffalo Sabres, who are 10-6-3. Jack Eichel leads the team with 23 points and 12 goals. Rasmus Dahlin leads with 12 assists. In the last five games, Eichel has six points and five goals. The Sabres recently beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 to end a six-game winless streak.



Staying Home

The Bruins will face the Minnesota Wild on Saturday at the TD Garden. Minnesota have also struggled lately as they recently lost after falling behind early in the game against the Carolin Hurricanes. In the last six games, the Wild have trailed behind early in their games.

The Canes would see their lead cut down as the Wild team fought their way back to tie the game after being down 3-1 in the second period. With the game going into OT, the Canes’ Andrei Svechnikov fired the puck past Devan Dubnyk, making the final score 4-3. The Wild will be playing seven of its next nine games on the road.

(Photo Credits: AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Minnesota is now 7-11-2 and in their last five games, they are 4-4-2. Center Eric Staal leads the team with 14 points, six goals, and eight assists.



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