The Bruins run of sloppy play continued on Tuesday night. But once again the Bruins used some timely late third period scoring to earn themselves at least one point. They would get two points tonight as they prevailed 2-1 in a shootout over the New Jersey Devils/
Tonight it was Nathan Horton's turn to play the hero. After being stoned by John Hedberg and New Jersey's (3-0-2) defense for much of the game, Horton was finally able to solve them. A simple, short passing game allowed Milan Lucic and David Krejci to enter the offensive zone. Another short pass to gave Horton space to shoot and he just snuck it past Hedberg to tie the game at one.
A scoreless overtime meant this game would be decided in the shootout. After five rounds it was all tied up before Brad Marchand snuck one through Hedberg's pads to give the Bruins the win.
Tyler Seguin did score in the shootout which will hopefully provide some confidence and get him to start scoring goals. This team needs him to do that. If Horton and Seguin both start to score at the same time, the Bruins (5-0-1) will be an even more dangerous team.
Horton and Krejci now have at least one point each in four straight games, while Horton has scored in two straight. Along with Lucic, these three are becoming the top line that everyone imagine when they were first put together. And a clearly healthy Horton hasn't hurt the trio's impressive start to the season.
In addition to looking sluggish and playing sloppy through the first two period, the Bruins finally allowed their first power play goal against. The streak ends at 24 straight penalties killed off to start the season.
Dougie Hamilton failed to record a point tonight, but still played very well, especially in the Bruins defensive end. He continue to make smart decisions with puck and rarely looks lost in his own end.
The Bruins have now taken 11 out of a possible 12 points this season.
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