Tonight in Boston the puck was dropped by the former Boston Bruin and Hall of Famer Bobby Orr. Seeing Zdeno Chara next to Captain David Backes was a terrifying sight to see, I will never get over how fucking monstrous that man is. From there the size difference between the two captains wasn't the only thing that Boston had the advantage over the Blues. The Bruins had oodles and oodles of pressure all over the St. Louis Blues in the first period but for nigh teen minutes of play Jaroslav Halak was there. Tonight he earned the moniker of "Jedi Ninja Pimp" by making some pretty key saves to keep the Blues from falling behind.
The stalemate wouldn’t last the full twenty minutes however. At 18:20 of the period Boston’s Gregory Campbell would get a lucky bounce off of the post and take the lead for the Bruins, 1-0. The goal would not be the only one on the scoreboard for long. #RoyWatch was increased to 13 as Derek Roy would tie it up at 18:51. Some how the feathered shot would sneak past Tukka Rask, as all of Boston hid their milk crates.
The second round of twenty minutes would start off much like the first. Despite the tying goal Boston still held the momentum. The game grew in physicality as both teams fought to get a leg up on the other. Both goalies held strong for their respective team taking shot after shot, making simple saves appear to be highlight reel wonder-goalie like super saves. But the Blues would strike first this time. At 16:04 of the period Captain america and his famous tip would take the lead, 2-1.
Boston would take advantage of a defensive breakdown at 18:41 of the second and tie it up 2-2. The Blues helped the bruins out a bit on this one. Alexander Pietrangelo in particular was directly in front of Jaro blocking his view of the shooter, Carl Soderberg, who sent a very nice snap shot past Halak, glove side. The Period would end with a score of 2-2 and
The last twenty minutes were an intense an aggressive twenty minutes. Tempers started to flare as time ticked away and the tie continued to stand. The Blues and Bruins would trade penalties in this period rounding out the special teams to one power play apiece, but neither team would be able to capitalize on it. But it wasn’t for lack of trying. Both goaltenders continued to keep their respective teams in it for the win. There were seventeen hits total through out this period as the teams battled hard. There definitely was a playoff like atmosphere in the air. The Bruins made it hard for the Blues to set up shots by blocking the shooting lanes and making passes hard to come by. The tie would stand as the team went into overtime and then into the Shootout.
Derek Roy would be the hero of the night capitalizing on his extra innings shoot out attempt and giving the Blues the W.
Three Stars of the Game:
Third: David Backes
Second: Derek Roy
First: Jaroslav Halak
Technically its 13* but I am going with 14 because of the Shootout game winner.
*Thank you to everyone who pointed out my flub last night I was in a hurry to get to the Hunger Games midnight show!
Bluenotes from Twitter
Uhhh . . . Umlaut Overlord is his exact size, though. RT @aPaulitical: Lucic hitting a smaller player? Surprise.— Tyler Atwood (@KingDonutI) November 22, 2013
Neither team able to find the back of the net yet with 5:22 left in the first. Shots 8-7 in favor of #NHLBruins ^CS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 22, 2013
"[Orr] has a talent for solving jigsaw puzzles quickly." What I would do to have a puzzle completing contest with Bobby Orr....— Caitie (@dear_gravity) November 22, 2013
@jprutherford you know its going to be a "cookie" night when you can assist on your own goal!— Andy McDonald (@10_AMac) November 22, 2013
Niiiiice moves by Tarasenko against Eriksson. Geez. My blues affinity aside, I want seven games of this. Or seventy billion.— Sarah Connors (@sarah_connors) November 22, 2013
And Tukka Rask Rage Quits. #STLBlues— Samuel McKinney (@Samuelkent) November 22, 2013
Tweet of the Game
According to the theory of quantum hockey, Derek Roy would've scored that if we weren't watching him. #RoyWatch— Jason McAdams (@JMill1120) November 22, 2013