The Bruins faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night at the Garden. Columbus came into the game with a 4-3-3 record to the B’s 7-2-1 in the last 10 games. The last time the two teams met the Bruins won 3-2 in Overtime.
On this night it would be the battle of the back-up Goaltender, with both Chad Johnson and Curtis McElhinney getting the nod.
The game started off slowly (for both teams) but after a short feeling out process the offensive chances increased. The first goal of the game came after the Bruins 2nd line had extended time in the offensive zone. The goal was credited to Patrice Bergeron (8) with Eriksson creating a screen in front of the net. The Bruins second goal was similar to the first; the B’s set-up in the Offensive zone, this time with Milan Lucic (10) tipping it in, a Power play goal. Blue Jackets Forward Ryan Johansen was guilty of hooking Soderberg.
I have been very impressed with Carl Soderberg this season. Not only is he an offensive threat but he has learned to draw penalties through hard work and determination. My only wish is I’d like to see him playing Center, instead of Wing. He is a much better passer then Kelly, who has been the Center on that line.
2-0 B’s after 1 period. Shots: 9-2 Boston
The second period started off “chippy”, with both teams showing their love for one another. The Bruins had an early Power play but did little with it.
Heavyweight bought of the night was between Lucic and Columbus Defenseman Dalton Prout. Both men are approximately the same size but Lucic appeared to land the most blows.
If not for the Blue Jackets netminder, the Bruins would have been up by four or more goals, instead the period ended with a 2-0 score. Shots: 16-7 Boston
In the 3rd period the Bruins kept the pressure on with little let-up to their game. Milan Lucic (11) notched another goal when his on-edge slapper found its way past McElhinney. Columbus finally got on the board when Dougie Hamilton went off for Tripping. Ryan Johansen ripped one blocker side high, beating Johnson for a Power Play goal. The goal made the score closer but Columbus was never in this game, it was all Bruins, all night.
The Bruins don’t play again until December 5th in Montreal. Go B’s!