Bruins Spot Blue Jackets 2-Goal Lead Before Big Comeback
Last nights game didn’t start out the way the Boston Bruins had planned. Thanks to Joe Corvo, it ended up the way they planned. After spotting the Columbus Blue Jackets 2 goals only 11:09 into the first period, the Bruins picked up their game and by the end of the first they had tied the game at 2 on Corvo’s first of two goals, and his first as a Bruin at 18:26 and Nathan Horton‘s 8th of the year, just :45 seconds later.
The Bruins took the lead only :58 seconds into the second period when Zdeno Chara blasted a bullet from just inside the blue line that beat Curtis Sanford high glove. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Chara didn’t return after the second period with an undisclosed injury. The Bruins held a 3-2 lead until RJ Umberger tied with 3:55 left in the second. The Blue Jackets held the shots advantage through two periods 25-16.
The third period was all Bruins. The Bruins outshot the Blue Jackets 13-11 in the third and scored two Power-Play goals. Corvo scored his second of the game at 6:44 and Chris Kelly finished the scoring with his 11th of the year with :26 seconds left in the game.
It wasn’t the prettiest win of the year for the Bruins, but for a team that had gone 15 straight games without a regulation loss followed by two straight regulation losses, it was a needed win to keep the Bruins near the top of the Eastern Conference. They stand 2 points behind Philadelphia for first place in the conference. They still lead their division by 4 point over Toronto.
The Bruins have a few days off before they host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. On Wednesday they travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators. Next Saturday the Bruins head to Philadelphia for a 1:00 matinee that should be for first place in the Conference.