The Bruins had last night’s game under control with a 5-3 lead but let it slip away before falling 6-5 in overtime. It was an odd yo-yo of a game that featured a lot of soft goals from long distance in addition a penalty shot saved in crunch time.
Nevertheless, the Bruins escaped with one point and head into a mandatory league-wide five-day rest period after going 12-3-2 since December 1st.
Marchand missed a huge chance to put the Bruins up 6-5 in the games final minute but Matt Murray tightened up his pads preventing the potential game winner. Marchand did snipe a wrister directly off a face-off win by Patrice Bergeron to go along with an assist on the Noel Acciari goal that tied things up 3-3.
Video replays courtesy of @CrzyCanucklehed on Twitter.
You wouldn’t typically think a defenseman would be looked at as having a good night when the opposition puts six goals on the scoreboard but Brando Carlo had two primary assists last night.
The first came on the opening goal by Ryan Spooner. Carlo made a heads up decision putting a quick shot on net with Ryan Spooner getting to the dirty area out in front of Tristan Jarry. Spooner got a piece of the puck and then finished things off on the rebound.
The second Carlo helper was a result of him rotating into the offensive zone to receive a Brad Marchand pass. Once again, Carlo puts a shot into a high traffic area where it careened downwards off of Noel Acciari and into the net.
Pastrnak showed his usual confidence with some dazzling stick handling in the Penguins end of the ice. He was finally rewarded with his 17th goal on the season after a stellar individual effort put Boston up 4-3.
Rask had a terrible night allowing three different soft goals. It looked like a combination of being slow to find the puck, bad angles and slow post-to-post reactions.
The 1st soft goal allowed opened the Penguins scoring on the night. Rask reacted late to some puck movement across the point, appeared to move side to side rather slowly and either didn’t see the shot or was having trouble trying to locate the puck. Rask also may have pushed off of the wrong leg which ended up giving away too much of his short-side.
It was more of the same on the 55-foot blast from Kris Letang where Rask didn’t look like he could find the puck as it moved cross ice. He was low to go post-to-post again and Letang made him pay.
Rask escaped the possibility of being yanked when he made a key blocker save on a Jake Guentzel scoring chance less than a minute after the Letang goal. That would have put the Pens up 4-1 and likely stuck the fork in the Bruins early in the game.
The game tying 5th goal by Riley Sheahan was a bad angle goal. Sheahan didn’t leave himself much of angle below the left face-off dot but again Rask was late to get to the post and then reacted very slowly to Sheahan’s wrist shot.
Rask was quick ti take the blame when speaking with reporters following the game. Quote via Joe McDonald of the Boston Sports Journal
The Referee who called the McAvoy trip
I have no idea what the referee was looking at when he called the Charlie McAvoy trip late in the 2nd period. Mcavoy was tangled up in the corner with Dominik Simon when he turns to find Daniel Sprong with the puck. It looked like Sprong got his feet tangled McAvoy’s skate but the ref saw a stick in the are and decided McAvoy tripped him. The call set a up a key power play that resulted in a momentum changing goal for the Penguins
How is this tripping pic.twitter.com/2Czrgki1Bp
— nah (@Krejci_x46_) January 8, 2018
The Penalty Kill
The aforementioned tripping call could have been much less of an issue had the PK unit remembered that Evgeni Malkin is one of the most talented players in the world. For some reason, all four Bruins players- Bergeron, Marchand, Miller and Chara- son the PK decided to head towards the corner and left the talented center wide open in the slot.He’s going to finish that chance off nine times out of ten.