Bruins Can’t Hold On Late Against NHL-Best Avalanche in 4-3 OT Loss


The Boston Bruins started a three-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night. 

The Bruins were 37 seconds away from a huge statement win against the Avalanche, but Colorado scored two goals in the third period, as Gabriel Landeskog picked up the game-tying goal to send it to overtime before Cale Makar would be the hero for Colorado in overtime.

The first period started off with a scary injury towards Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon. After a hit by Taylor Hall, MacKinnon was down on the ice bleeding from his face before being helped to the dressing room. Hall was initially called with a major penalty but following a video review, it was reduced to a minor for interference. MacKinnon did not return to the game.

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Kurtis MacDermid would score the lone goal of the period to give the Avs a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The second period, however, was dominated by the Bruins. Jake Debrusk would open the scoring for the Bruins after keeping it himself on a 2-on-1 break for the B’s. Charlie Coyle would find the back of the net thanks to a rebound from a Charlie McAvoy slap shot, giving McAvoy his second point of the night as well. Brad Marchand, as the power play was expiring, would fire a laser to put the Bruins up 3-1.

Samuel Girard would cut it to one though when his shot would skip past Curtis Lazar and went off the left post. The pulling of the goalie would work out for the Avalanche as Landeskog would score with 37 seconds left in regulation to tie it up and send it to overtime at 3-3 — that was before Colorado finished it in overtime. 

Bruins Player of the Game: Charlie McAvoy

A heartbreaking loss overshadows how well McAvoy played. Logging 27:25 of ice time, two assists, four hits, and three blocked shots, McAvoy’s effort heavily strengthened the Bruins Wednesday. 

Even after an impressive game in terms of shot blocks for Boston, with Brando Carlo leading the team with six, the Bruins couldn’t close out the NHL’s top team. The Bruins travel to Arizona to play the Coyotes on Friday at 9:00.

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