The Bruins came back from a 3-0 deficit on Saturday night before falling, 4-3 in a shootout. Michal Handzus scored the game-winner, while Blake Wheeler had two points for the B’s.
The Kings got goals in the first from Brad Richardson and Handzus in the first period and made it 3-0 when Jarret Stoll scored his 100th career goal at 2:50 of the second period. From there the Bruins turned it on, getting goals from Blake Wheeler, Gregory Campbell, and Patrice Bergeron to tie it up, while Thomas showed the form Bruins fans had been accustomed to seeing throughout the season.
Bergeron’s goal came on the power play in the third period, his third goal of the season. It was the fourth straight game between the two teams to be decided by in overtime or a shootout. The Kings had won the previous three.
Thomas made 38 saves through regulation and overtime, while Quick stopped 23 of the 26 shots he saw. The Bruins will embark on a two-game trip to Florida in which they’ll face the Lightning on Monday and the Panthers on Wednesday.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
- They got David Krejci back, and no matter how the game played out, that makes for a huge positive for the B’s.
Krejci had missed six games after suffering a concussion in overtime of the Nov. 6 game against the Blues, and his absence forced Blake Wheeler to center the second line. With Krejci’s return, it was interesting to see that the B’s kept Wheeler at center, moving him down to the third line and moving Tyler Seguin to the wing. The move proved to have a positive impact when the line got the B’s on the board in the second.
- The Bruins did something they haven’t been doing much lately: they scored on the power play. Thanks to their 1-for-5 showing, the B’s are still just 2 for their last 23, but it was a positive step for the unit. Campbell’s goal also came on a delayed penalty.
- The fine-tuning of the lines with Krejci’s return also meant that the “energy line” is back to its original form, with Gregory Campbell skating between Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton. Campbell was sharp in putting in a rebound when Jonathan Quick couldn’t hold onto Thornton’s shot on a delayed penalty in the second period.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
- It was a rough start to the night for Tim Thomas. The 36-year-old goaltender entered the night with a league-best .959 save percentage, but allowed goals on the first four shots he faced. He settled down from there, making key saves as the Bruins climbed back, including a big one on Jarret Stoll in the second.
- Jordan Caron has not scored a goal in 10 games, a span in which he has two assists.
- The B’s saw the bad that can come of their knack for blocking shots. After Patrice Bergeron blocked a Davis Drewiske shot with his foot in the first period, Michal Handzus picked up the puck and beat Thomas from the circle to make it a 2-0 game.