Benoit Pouliot scores the only goal in the shootout, in the 5th round at that, to give the Bruins a 4-3 OT victory. It looked like the goalies were not going to let in any goals during the shootout until Pouliot, oft in the doghouse but given a boost of confidence, slipped a wrister past Jhonas Enroth for the game winner to give the Boston Bruins their 10th straight win. With this win the Bruins have basically gone from the cellar to the penthouse, playing like the team that plays as a team and won the Stanley Cup last year. They are imposing their will on most teams and are playing like a team.
The Bruins were down 3-1 late in the second period but the second half of games is when the Bruins' superior depth, defense and goal tending wear teams down. They are very arguably the best 5-on-5 team in the NHL and not arguably the deepest team. Brad Marchand scored late in the second to make it 3-2 and then Captain Zdeno Chara scored the tieing goal in the third. The Bruins had to defense short handed for the last minute of regulation and the first minute of OT to get to the shootout.
Other notes from the game: Paul Gaustad bravely took on Milan Lucic the first time Lucic was on the ice. Milan got the best of Gaustad but Bruin fans respect what he did, taking one for his team and standing up for his teammates...something they should've done the last time they met.
Thomas Vanek scores for the Sabres every time they play the Bruins and he did again tonight.
A big test comes next on Friday when the Bruins take on the Red Wings in Detroit . I'd love to not be playing this game when the Bs are due for a loss. Yes, that's a built-in excuse that I'm getting out there ahead of time.
I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday.