The Bruins seek to ice a red-hot Colorado Avalanche team hoping to extend its best start in franchise history. Four-time Stanley Cup winning goalie Patrick Roy makes his return to Boston for the first time in nearly ten years, this time as head coach of the Avs. We’ll bring you updates live from TD Garden for tonight’s match-up, as well as a behind-the-scenes look with photos and video.
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[END OF GAME]: Bruins lose 2-0 after Duchene slaps home a loose puck into Boston’s empty net. Boston slides to 2-1. Giguere is named the game’s first star, and deservedly.
[P3, 18:18]: Rask keeps the game alive for the Bruins, robbing Duchene with a diving save. McQuaid then stepped in to close the gap, preventing the go-ahead goal.
[P3, 14:18]: Bruins get some chances on the 4-on-3, but once again fail to find the back of the net. This is starting to more closely resemble the power play we’ve all grown so cynically accustomed to.
[P3, 08:17]: Boston’s looking sloppy, and it doesn’t help that Bergeron’s in the box — two minutes for tripping. The Bruins have just under 12 minutes to turn this around, and it isn’t looking good.
[END OF 2nd]: Bruins still trail 1-0, but lead in shots 25-20. With any luck, Lucic’s game misconduct will not rob the B’s of any momentum they seemed to show in the latter half of the period. The top two lines’ chances are beginning to improve, but they have still yet to solve Giguere. Time’s ticking.
[P2, 19:10]: A scrap ensues in Colorado’s end. Lucic snaps and grabs Landeskog and jerks him around. Landeskog talks back, so Lucic gives him a healthy shove. Lucic receives a ten-minute game misconduct, while Iginla, Parenteau and Landeskog all receive two-minute minors for roughing. Refs want to keep a tight seal on this one. We’ll see how that works out.
[P2, 15:55]: Jarome Iginla fires a one-timer from the point, stopped by Giguere. Finally, the B’s are starting to cycle the puck in Colorado’s end, something we haven’t seen much for most of the game. Let’s hope we see more before the period’s out.
[P2, 13:11]: Caron heads to the box for holding. Before, Marchand found Bergeron in front of the net, only to be stopped by another beautiful save by Giguere. At the very least, the second line is starting to see some signs of life. Marchand to Bergeron never quite loses its magic, does it?
[P2, 8:15]: Shawn Thornton drops the gloves after Seidenberg got positively railroaded by Bordeleau. Thorton gets the takedown on Bordeleau, much to the approval of the crowd. Both men receive five and take a seat. Avs lead 1-0 with just over 11 minutes to go.
[P2, 07:05]: Giguere stops a slapper from Chara. Earlier, Campbell made a diving block on the PK following Boychuk delay-of-game penalty. In response, the Garden erupted with cheers. No. 11’s broken leg shift isn’t one that will fade from these fans’ memories any time soon.
[END OF 1st]: The Bruins are looking far sloppier than a team fresh off a four-day rest should look. The third line of Caron-Kelly-Smith is getting the best chances, continuing their impressive streak of play. The top two lines need to wake up and begin generating chances. Giguere has looked good thus far, but he can be cracked.
[P1, 19:20]: AVALANCHE GOAL. Bruins surrender first power play goal of the year on a deflection off Ryan O’Reilly, his second of the year. Avs lead 1-0, leading in shots 14-10.
[P1, 16:56]: Chara heads to sin bin for cross-checking, while Downie receives a matching penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, embellishment. Matching penalties for embellishing still doesn’t make much sense to me. Either he faked it, or he didn’t.
[P1, 16:03]: Giguere stymies a rush from the Merlot Line after quashing another Bruins power play following Barrie’s two minute minor. Colorado is out-shooting Boston 10-7 with just under four minutes to go in the first.
[P1, 09:20]: An awful shift from Dougie Hamilton, allowing Gabriel Landeskog to blow clear past him. Not quite Paille-bad defense from a few nights ago, but damn close. Torey Krug, meanwhile, has looked downright tenacious deep in his own zone.
[P1, 06:50]: Bruins are generating decent chances on Giguere, though outshot by Colorado 5-3.
[P1, 01:56]: Bruins go on the power play as McGinn heads to the box for goalie interference. Rask makes an incredible save to stone the shorthanded chance. Ultimately, B’s come up empty-handed.
[6:48 p.m.]: Both teams have taken the ice for warmups. Tuukka Rask will get the start for Boston. He has won his first two starts, with a dastardly .966 save percentage. Veteran J.S. Giguere will get his first start of the year for Colorado. The B’s have a clear advantage on the power play, scoring on 28.6% of chances, as opposed to the Avs’ 16.%. Both teams’ are spotless on the PK.