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RECAP: Bruins survive Kings’ third period recovery, win in overtime

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Though there was a hard push by Boston in the early third to put the B’s up 4-2, LA made their late comeback.

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins
Lauded by the team and his fans, Patrice did not disappoint.
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The pregame celebration of all things Patrice Bergeron to comemorate 1000 games played in the NHL, all for the Boston Bruins. With his family at his side, Patrice received commendations from Bruins management, staff, and his teammates. From a cohort of players (Chara, Marchand, Krejci, Rask, and Backes) he received a family vacation to anywhere in the world; from the league, a Tiffany crystal commemorative trophy; and from the team, a silver stick, a poster-size photograph of him hoisting the Cup, and a painting of him at three different stages in his Bruins career.

His performance in the game would not leave any Bruins fan wanting.

First Period

An early penalty to Jake DeBrusk, nixed with about ten seconds left by a penalty to the Kings. The power play looked effective, but no goal.

There were some early chances for the recently-minted top unit of Brad Marchand, Bergeron, and Danton Heinen - but the chances came for Marchand. Same goes for second line of Cehlarik, Krejci, Pastrnak - but the bulk of chances were for Pasta. Cehlarik made himself known to the Kings defense in the Bruins’ offensive zone around the perimeter, controlling pucks and winning board battles, but did not establish a presence around the slot for most of the game.

Little more to report - back and forth play continued without any goals scored.

Second Period

After a quiet first, Boston score the game’s first goal, an easy one for Charlie McAvoy off an awesome sweeping pass from Bergeron.

The Kings got a goal from Alex Iafallo, assisted by Alec Martinez, while David Krejci sat in the penalty box for slashing.

Penalties started pouring out of the Bruins, as Chara, Krejci, Carlo and Wagner each sat for a minor over the course of the second. Anze Kopitar was gift-wrapped a goal after Chara helped Rask get his stick back, leaving the right side uncovered.

Boston would head to the locker room down one and without much by way of momentum to take to the next frame.

Third Period

Danton Heinen had all the time in the world to put this one home, after a great fake-to-snapshot from McAvoy set up the pad bounce.

Krejci followed quickly with a goal of his own.

Not to be left out, and with Boston on the PK, Marchand broke free as Bergeron carried the puck all the way to the net, faked a toe-drag shot, and fed Marchand at the other side.

All this good news is making us feel all warm and —

Offensive zone turnovers often lead to goals, Kevan. Oh. At least there’s —

OH FFS.

With the game tied and under five minutes to play, Boston’s first line turned up the heat, putting several shots on net in one shift.

OVERTIME

I personally love Cassidy’s wise call to put two defensemen out with Bergeron for the opening faceoff, then to swap one for Marchand as soon as Boston gets possession and moves up the ice.

A missed play in an LA corner gave Adrian Kempe a breakaway chance, which Tuukka stopped confidently with his blocker.

On the next rush, the Bruins moved up ice with two forwards planted at the ends of the offensive blue line. A skate up by Krug and a pass across ice faked to Pastrnak and through to Bergeron. A quick stickhandle to ensure the puck was flat, and he didn’t miss, ringing the left post and in. BRUINS WIN IN OVERTIME!!!

A needed victory, and a great showing for Bergeron on his commemorative day.

Back in action tomorrow as the Colorado Avalanche come to town for a 3PM Sunday tilt.