Bruins escape with shootout win over Blue Jackets, 2-1

Bruins escape with shootout win over Blue Jackets, 2-1
November 18, 2011, 2:57 am
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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.