Seidenberg’s OT Winner Extends Winning Streak To 7
The Bruins scored both of their goals in the first minute and last minute, respectively. Thanks to Tuukka Rask, arguably the Bruins best player last night, Boston was able to hang on through regulation before ending it early in overtime
The win moved the Bruins into first place in the East, 1 point ahead of the New York Rangers, with a game in hand.
The Bruins looked poised to run away with this game during the first period. Just :47 seconds into the game, David Krejci put the B’s on the board. After a turnover in the neutral zone by the Coyotes, Krejci picked a loose puck in the high slot and wristed it by Phoenix goalie Jason Labarbera.
The Bruins dominated most of the first period but couldn’t extend their lead. Then Ray Whitney tied the score at 1 with less than 4 minutes to play in the first period.
The second and third periods were about the equivalent of walking on a treadmill; a lot of movement, but not much was happening. The Coyotes started to tip the momentum in their favor in the third, as they had the better of the scoring chances. As I said before, Tuukka Rask was the Bruins best player and definitely kept them in the game. But, goaltending is part of why the Bruins are one of the best teams in the league, so we can’t hold it against them!
OT was here and gone before we knew it. Although the goal itself was a little lucky, as Seidenberg basically tossed a softy at the net, which deflected off old friend Derek Morris, how the play was set up was anything but luck. After a face off win by Chris Kelly, the bruins outworked the Coyotes in their own zone to obtain possession. Benoit Pouliot, who has been playing some of the best hockey of his career, stole the puck down low in the right-hand corner, skated around the net and threw it in front. It deflected back to the point where Seidenberg picked it up and ended the game.
Kelly not only started the play by winning the draw, but he also screened the goalie on the game winner. Both Bruins forwards went to the “dirty” areas and made plays that contributed to the Bruins winning the game.
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