Shots on Goal: Avs Rally over Bruins, 3-2
After staking the Boston Bruins to an early two-goal lead, the Colorado Avalanche rallied with three unanswered goals to complete the come-from-behind victory, 3-2 Thursday night in Boston.
It was just 1:12 into the game and Boston was already on the board. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was taking bombs from the blue line. His first shot was rejected by Avs goaltender Reto Berra, who also denied Matt Beleskey on the play. However, Beleskey found Chara again at the blue line for another try, and this one found its mark, putting Boston ahead 1-0.
Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Spooner combined on the second goal to increase the lead to 2-0 when Bergeron deflected a Carl Soderberg pass from behind the net to Spooner for an easy tap-in score.
Now, normally this would spell doom for the opposing team, as Boston, since the 2011-12 season has compiled a 164-11-8 record. They’re 7-2-1 this season alone with the three loses coming on home ice. But the Black and Gold can’t seem to put together a full 60 minutes on home ice this season as their record of 1-5-1 indicates. Thursday night was no different.
Former Bruin Carl Soderberg, traded to the Avalanche this past summer, and Francois Beauchemin got the rally started when Soderberg took a cross ice pass from Blake Comeau and fired a one-timer from inside the right circle passed Tuukka Rask.
The Beauchemin goal was one of those that just happens from time to time. The Avs defenseman wound up with a hard slap shot from just inside the blue line that got redirected off Bruin Joonas Kemppainen’s skate and flailed like a wounded duck under Tuukka’s glove. Game tied 2-2.
A scoreless second period was punctuated by Gabe Landeskog receiving a match penalty for an illegal hit to the head on Brad Marchand. Marchand got up off the ice, skated over to Landeskog and promptly sucker punched him for which the “Little Ball of Hate” received a roughing call.
Rask had his finest save of the night sequence in the second when Matt Duchene walked in and took not one but four shots on goal followed by one each from Eric Johnson and then Nathan MacKinnon who hit the post before the Bruins were able to clear it out.
Duchene wouldn’t be denied in the third as he finished off the comeback with his seventh goal of the season to put Colorado up 3-2.
Reto Berra upped his record to (3-3-0) with a 25 save effort. Rask (4-6-1) finished the night stopping 27 of 30.