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Bruins penalty kill on point

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Bruins penalty kill on point

CHICAGO While the Bruins' power play is still trying to find their elusive groove, the Bs penalty kill is earning high marks across the board this season.

The Bs managed to kill three Chicago power plays during their 3-2 shootout victory over the Blackhawks at the United Center on Saturday night, and even better than that managed to get on the board with a short-handed goal that helped awaken the hibernating Bruins.

After five games the Bruins have as many shorthanded goals as they do power play goals (one), which serves as both a good and a bad thing depending on how one might look at it.

The biggest kill took place in the waning moments of the third period with Benoit Pouliot whistled off for a high-sticking penalty and the Bruins hanging on to a 2-2 tie with a push for overtime and a guaranteed point. Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly teamed up for the short-handed goal, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell logged nearly the most minutes among the forwards on the PK, and the Patrice BergeronBrad Marchand did their share of penalty killing as well.

The Bruins have now killed 17 out of 19 power plays against them this season in five games and rank just outside the NHLs top 10 in penalty kill but have been able to summon special teams play when theyve really needed it already this season.

Our penalty kill was very good tonight. You just have to look at the Blackhawks roster to see how good their power play it is, and its hurt a lot of other teams, said Julien. The key was not letting them get set up as a unit. We really disrupted their entry a lot tonight, which was a very good thing that helped us hold them down.

Kelly was the star of the special teams show for the Bruins in the victory, however. It was the third line center that disrupted the Chicago flow at the point and orchestrated a 2-on-1 rush with Rich Peverley into the Blackhawks zone. Peverley carried the puck into the offensive zone with speed and served up a great dish to Kelly, who didnt miss his second chance at an open net this season.

Kelly famously missed the net during an odd man rush with Tyler Seguin during the first period of their season opener against the Flyers, but buried the puck in the back of the net past Corey Crawford this time around.

Its clearly not perfect for the Bruins with the power play missing in action again to start this season, but its not quite as bad as it could be provided the penalty kill continues to do yeomans work for the Bruins.

Kenny Agostino's OT goal lifts Bruins over Flyers

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Kenny Agostino's OT goal lifts Bruins over Flyers

BOSTON – The Bruins continued to pick up wins in the preseason by all different methods. 

On Thursday night it was a bit of an ugly, penalty-filled affair with the Flyers, but the Bruins improved to 3-0-0 in the preseason with a 2-1 overtime victory behind a Kenny Agostino breakaway goal on a nifty double-move in the extra session. 

Agostino finished with the game-winner and a couple of points after feeding Postma for his game-tying strike in the third period as well.

The Flyers took the initial lead in the third period on a seemingly innocuous play that started with Matt Grzelcyk and Paul Postma getting caught chasing the puck in transition. Travis Sanheim fired a shot from the outside of the left circle and somehow got the perimeter attempt past Tuukka Rask after he’d stopped the first 21 shots he’d faced through two periods. 

Postma made up for any miscues immediately afterward when he fired a bomb from the high point that shot that rocketed past Brian Elliott for the game-tying goal. The Postma score came immediately after Grzelcyk was stuffed on his own scoring attempt after a nice Danton Heinen feed set him up directly in front of the net. 

Otherwise Thursday night’s preseason game was about the face-off violations that slowed the game to a crawl, and the ridiculous seven slashing penalty calls made as the NHL looks to crack down on their enforcement of potentially dangerous slashing plays.