Bruins win series with 4-3 overtime victory


Bruins win series with 4-3 overtime victory

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Make it two overtime game-winners in the series for Nathan Horton.

He won Game 5 with an overtime score, but his laser from the high slot that sniped the top-right corner, six minutes into overtime on Wednesday night at the TD Garden, was by far the biggest goal hes ever scored in his career.

Hortons slap shot gave the Bruins both a 4-3 win in Game 7, a 4-3 series win over the Montreal Canadiens, and set up a second-round rematch against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Originally, it looked as if Chris Kelly had given the Bruins both the game-winning and series-clinching goal midway through the third period when he put the Bruins ahead 3-2 midway through the third period. Kelly went hard to the net, kept his stick on the ice and found a rebound at the right post that he buried.

But with 1:57 to go in regulation, P.K. Subban sniped the top-right corner from the top of the left circle with a blistering slap shot, while Montreal was on a power play thanks to a Patrice Bergeron high-sticking call.

Montreal had already battled back, erasing an early 2-0 deficit and sending the game into the third period tied at 2-2.

Tomas Plekanec tied the game at 2-2 nearly six minutes into the second period, after he scored a breakaway goal while Montreal was shorthanded.

Bostons power play had been dismal in the series already, and Plekanecs steal off Mark Recchi in the neutral zone led to a shorthanded breakaway for the Canadiens.

The Bruins had taken a 2-1 lead through the first period, thanks to a pair of early goals from Johnny Boychuk and Recchi.

Boychuk beat Carey Price with a slap shot from the right point that ended up in the low-right side of the net, 3:31 into the game. Recchi followed it up two minutes later by sniping the top-left corner with a wrist shot from the high slot.

It had the Garden rocking, up until Yannick Weber cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the first period, when he beat Thomas, top-right, with a snap shot from the right circle while on a 5-on-4 power play.
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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.