BOSTON -- Records and winning streak didnt matter in Thursdays game between the Boston Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Bruins entered the night on a six-game winning streak with a 9-7-0 record. The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, were 3-13-1 and winless on the road.
But the Bruins needed a shootout to defeat the visiting team, 2-1, and extend their winning stretch.
Neither team connected in the first period, as the Bruins were held scoreless in the first for the tenth time this season.
The Blue Jackets struck first nearly three minutes into the second period as Derek MacKenzie scored from Nikita Nikitin and Grant Clitsome. Less than two minutes later Adam McQuaid scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at one apiece. During that period, Shawn Thornton and Jared Boll received five-minute majors for fighting.
Both teams failed to score in the third period, leading to overtime. Both the Bruins and Blue Jackets went on separate power plays in overtime, but neither could convert. To overtime we go.
Tyler Seguin and Rick Nash missed the first shots, followed by Rich Peverley and Mark Letestu who both connected. David Krejci scored on his attempt and Tukka Rask blocked Antoine Vermette for the win.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.