Shots on Goal: Ducks Sink Bruins, 6-2
The Boston Bruins enter the All Star break on a losing note, dropping Tuesday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, 6-2.
Looking to carry the momentum from the previous night’s victory over Philadelphia, Boston struck within the first minute of the opening period with a Zach Trotman blast from the right point that beat Duck’s goaltender Frederik Andersen glove side to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead.
After that, it was all Anaheim until the third period. Corey Perry and Shea Theodore each scored and had the Ducks up 2-1 after one.
David Perron intercepted an errant pass when Bruin’s goaltender Jonas Gustavsson tried to connect up with Trotman below the goal line and fed Perry who buried a shot from the right hash mark.
Anaheim, with a man advantage, broke the tie when Theodore unloaded a wrist shot from 50ft out that found it’s way through traffic past Gustavsson.
When the second period opened, Tuukka Rask was in net replacing Gustavsson. It was later announced that Gustavsson was taken by ambulance to Mass General Hospital for observation due to an unknown illness.
“All I was told was that he wasn’t coming back and that we had to put Tuukka in. So there were some issues there, but I didn’t get into specifics,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Rask didn’t fare much better in the second frame as Anaheim extended their lead to 4-1 with goals from Perron and Kevin Bieksa. The Bruins looked like they were gassed at this point, lacking the energy to compete with a bigger Anaheim team. They were losing battles and spending a lot of time in the defensive zone. When they were able to mount an attack Andersen had an answer, not allowing a rebound or, when he did, he was able to direct it to one of his teammates.
Andersen continued his hot play early in the third when he stonewalled David Pastrnak on a breakway. Boston came alive after that as Zeno Chara was able to close the gap to 4-2 with his seventh goal of the season but it was too little, too late for the Bruins.
With under a minute to Ryan Kessler and Mike Santorelli ran the score to 6-2. Kessler’s was an empty-netter and Sontorelli continued to dig at at the puck in the crease till it went behind Rask.
Rask (17-15-4) took the loss with 19 saves. Gustavsson saved 14 of 16 with no decision.
Andersen (8-8-5) was named second star with a 32 save effort.