It didn't look good to start, and looked even worse at the end. The Bruins suffer their first defeat in the Chara-less era. They looked dominant after the first two periods, and forgot about that pesky 3rd. All GIFs courtesy of Steph via @myregularface.
First Vanek stripped Bartkowski. It was ugly.
And it led to an easy goal by Nino Niederreiter to put Minnesota up 1-0.
Thankfully, Lucic brought the physical game tonight, forcing some turnovers.
That would eventually lead to beautiful goals.
Like David Krejci's clothesline tape-to-tape pass on Griffith's Hortonesque goal.
Seth strikes again! And does so in Number 4 fashion.
Then Griffith sent a tape-to-tape pass to Krug, who put it towards the net. Lucic tipped in the powerplay goal.
Bruins put 3 goals by Backstrom which had never happened before.
Minnesota cut it to 3-2 early in the 3rd, getting everyone on edge a little.
Things got even worse when Justin Fontaine tied it less than two minutes later.
And then Marco "Not-Sturm" Scandella puts a goal in from the blue line to go up 4-3.
The final five minutes had some chances, but much like the Islanders game last Thursday, Boston came up just short. The Bruins are now 2-4-0 at home this season.