Shots on Goal: Bruins over Hurricanes, 2-1 in Shootout.
Thursday night the Boston Bruins overcame a 1-0 deficit in the final minute to send the game into overtime and eventually winning it 2-1 in a shootout with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Cam Ward looked like he had the win in hand as time wound down in the third period. Boston wasn’t able to generate any offense all night, and Carolina’s one-goal lead looked insurmountable. However, Boston defenseman Tory Krug rewrote the ending with 31.5 seconds to go in the game.
With under 2 minutes to go, Boston goalie Anton Khudobin vacated the net in favor of an extra attacker. Play remained in the Carolina end with Boston firing numerous shots at Ward with no luck until Krug launched a one-timer from the blue line. The puck deflected off Canes forward Teuvo Teravainen’s skate and into the net. Boston showed some signs of life and at least guaranteed themselves one point as regulation expired.
The teams went into overtime with momentum swinging Boston’s way, but stellar netminding on both ends continued to keep the game knotted 1-1. Ward, in a battle with Matt Beleskey at the top of the crease, was fighting so hard at one point his mask came off before the play ended.
Khudobin, on the other end, came up big against former teammate Jeff Skinner, stopping him on a breakaway.
Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak scored for Boston in the shootout while Khudobin denied Skinner one last time. Elated with the victory, the Bruin’s goaltender fist pumped and leaped his way towards his rushing teammates in celebration.
Local guy, Noah Hanifin scored on the powerplay in the second for the Hurricanes lone goal.
Khudobin (1-3-0), who picked up his first win of the season with a 29 save effort, commented after that game that he felt strong, but would not be happy until he found the “magic W.”
Cam Ward (7-7-4) stopped 34 of 35 on the night.