Derek Roy frustrated Tuukka Rask a number of times Thursday, and Roy got the last laugh as he scored the clinching shootout goal in a 3-2 Blues win at TD Garden.
The Bruins grabbed the lead late in the first period on Gregory Campbell’s first goal of the season, but Tuukka Rask let a wobbling puck off the stick of Roy sneak through his five-hole 31 seconds later to tie the game going into the second period.
David Backes tipped a puck from the point past Rask less than four minutes into the second, but Carl Soderberg tied the game at 18:41 by scoring against the team that had drafted him nine years ago.
The teams skated to a scoreless period in which the Bruins outshot the Blues, 11-6. Roy had a breakaway early on in overtime, but hit the crossbar, while Soderberg was stopped by Jaroslav Halak on a breakaway in the final minute of OT. Loui Eriksson missed the net on another solid chance for the B’s in the extra period.
The Bruins will host the Hurricanes Saturday in the second game of their three-game home stand.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- Roy’s goal was a rather weak one for Rask to allow, and it continued a rather troubling trend for the B’s. With that goal, 10 of the 40 goals the Bruins have allowed have come in the final two minutes of a period. That obviously burned them last Friday when they let the Senators back into the game at the end of the first period, so it’s an issue that needs addressing.
- Milan Lucic had to take a faceoff against Backes, and that essentially led to a goal for the Blues. Backes won the draw cleanly, drew it back to Kevin Shattenkirk and got to the front of the net in time to tip Shattenkirk’s wrist shot past Rask.
- That’s now five games without a point for David Krejci, which marks his first real cold stretch of the season. Krejci had points in nine of the first 10 games of the salon and 13 of the first 17.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- With Campbell’s goal, the members of the Bruins’ fourth line have combined for five goals over the last six games (including Daniel Paille’s shorthanded goal Tuesday against the Rangers). Paille and Shawn Thornton each have two goals apiece in that stretch, while Campbell has one.
Campbell helped keep the Bruins’ possession alive prior to the goal by picking up an Ian Cole turnover as the Blues were trying to get it out, and his work was eventually recorded when he took a pass in the high slot from Paille and beat Halak.
- Soderberg’s goal continued a nice little stretch for the Bruins’ third line as both he and Reilly Smith now have three points over their last three games.
- It was smooth sailing for Kevan Miller in his NHL debut, as the 26-year-old didn’t have any costly mistakes while he also managed to contribute offensively. Miller kept the puck in and sent it down low prior to Soderberg’s goal, with Chris Kelly sending it to Reilly Smith and Smith feeding Soderberg.
- There’s no such thing as a playoff atmosphere this early in the season, but the Bruins were playing against one of the best teams in the league and went at it the way they have in postseasons past: with depth. All four of the Bruins’ lines had at least five shots on goal Thursday in a game that saw a balanced offensive attack from the B’s.