Things didn't start out so great, with Carolina more or less controlling the start of play fairly early, and with the Bruins on the PK came Elias Lindholm's shot that trickled past Rask:
Things got better! The Bruins were still very much in charge during the second, doubling up on their previous period's total and got much better chances. Loui Eriksson was the lucky man to shoot a surefire winner into a wide open net in a spectacular power play sequence to tie the game at one:
The period where David Pastrnak reminded everyone he's a legendary force:
Look I could talk a lot about the fact that the Bruins were only able to get 8 shots out of a kind of bad Carolina team and that Tuukka Rask was challenged more than he needed to be in this game but honestly I just want you all to take a look at the brilliance of David Pastrnak once again:
- Pastrnak was the only player on the Bruins to get a star from tonight's game. As is right. Kid's been on fire and has begun to take shape as an offensive/defensive force in a fantastic way.
- The Hurricanes got some fantastic chances, but barring that one really ugly one at the beginning of the game, the goals came from just plain bad defense. Morrow getting burned, Seidenberg four miles back, and a terrible formation in OT doomed the game.
- Loui Eriksson could've been practically anywhere on the ice and scored that goal on Cam Ward. Ward got juked so hard by Bergeron/Krug.
- Y'wanna know a great way to not give up a horrible goal in Overtime? Not plow into your goalie. I know there was a lot of bad that happened in that OT but specifically plowing into one's goalie is generally considered a bad thing, especially if he has to stop a rebound shot.
- Speaking of, there were plenty of times were Tuukka was ran over over the course of tonight's game. I'm not saying it's EXACTLY the defenseman's job to keep the crease more or less unmolested but boy howdy it'd help if any one defenseman did that. Sometimes they even CONTRIBUTED to it.
- So it turns out the Canes have been winning a lot of games lately. Turns out if you give them an inch they'll take a mile.
- What was with that one official who kept kicking people out of faceoffs?
- They'd better be ready for Brooklyn. New York does one of three things: Win by 5, Win 2-1, or lose 4-1. They'll have to force option three on a very good team.
- WIN. IN. REGULATION. THE FLORIDA TEAMS ARE GOOD AND GOOD WITH AN ASTERISK. ASSUMING THEY WILL ROLL OVER AND ACCEPT DEFEAT IS FOOLISH IN THIS KNIFE FIGHT OF A DIVISION.