The Stanley Cup Champions were in the Staples Center to take on the LA Kings. The Boston Bruins were looking for a huge win, to keep NYR in their sights at the top of the Eastern Conference. They also wanted to give them a bit of a gap between them and Ottawa. The game against LA was a big night for the Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara, who was playing in his 1,000 NHL Game.
LA Kings won the faceoff to get the game underway. The kings were making Boston's goal tender Tim Thomas work hard, with 3 saves in the first 3 minutes of the game. Boston's Captain Zdeno Chara with the first shot of the game, but Kings goal tender Quick turned it away with 16:45 left in the first with the score at 0-0. Dennis Seidenberg with the Boston's 3RD shot of the game, but it was sent out. LA was 7-3 Shots on Goal. Behind Boston's Net Zdeno Chara and LA's alternative Captain Anze Kopitar got into a tangle with Kopitar losing his helmet. In the 11TH minute of the Game, Chris Kelly and Trevor Lewis dropped the gloves, Chris Kelly got in a few jabs and got the early takedown. Chris Kelly and Trevor Lewis both got a 5 minute fighting major. The LA Kings were averaging a shot a minute in the first period. Shots on Goal was reading 15-6 to LA. Boston went on their first PP of the game, with Chris Kelly taken a Hit off Justin Williams with 2:28 left of the 1st. Justin Williams went to the box for 2 minutes, Roughing call. Unfortunately Boston could not use the PP to their advantage and finished the 1st.After 20 minutes the score was still 0-0, still a lot of Hockey to play for.
The players are back on the ice for the 2ND period. At the start of the 2ND there was a heavy collision between Brad Marchand and Justin Williams and it looked like Brad Marchand took the full brunt of the collision. With 41 secs gone in the period, LA got their 1st PP of the game. Tyler Seguin hooking, went to the box for 2 minutes. Boston managed to Kill the penalty. Unfortunately Brian Rolston went to the box for 2 minutes for holding.With 5:18 gone of the 2ND period Boston scored. Patrice Bergeron with a wrist shot to score his 20TH of the Season. Brad Marchand with his 24TH assist of the season. With that goal it changed tremendously. On the 13:17 minute of the 2ND LA equalized with a snap shot.Colin Frazer scored his 2ND goal of the season. The assists on Frazer's goal went to Drew Doughty with his 25TH of the season, and Kyle Clifford with his 7TH of the season.With 2:02 left of the 2ND LA went on a PP. Boston's captain Zdeno Chara to the box for hi-sticking. Zdeno Chara went to the box for 2 minutes. Boston survived a late LA's PP to keep the score 1-1 after 40 minutes.
The players are back on the ice for the 3RD period. Boston scored their 2ND goal of the game with 5 minutes played in the 3RD. Milan Lucic with a wrist shot, scored his 24TH goal of the season. David Krejci with his 33RD assist of the season, and Jordan Caron with his 7TH assist of the season. Less than 2 minutes later Boston scored their 3RD goal of the game, 2ND in the period. Chris Kelly with a tip-in to score his 19TH goal of the season. Brian Rolston with his 13TH assist of the season and Benoit Pouliot with his 15TH of the season.On the 15TH minute Slava Voynov with a wrist shot, scored his 7TH of the season. Justin Williams with his 35TH assist of the season. Score now reads 3-2 Boston, now this will be a nail-bitter to the finish. With 4:03 left Jordan Caron goes to the box for hi-sticking. Kings with a 2-minute PP. Boston with a huge penalty kill with 1:32 left in regulation. Boston took a timeout with 28.5 secs left in the game. With 1 sec to go. Brad Marchand scored a backhand, to score his 25TH goal of the season. No assists on this goal.
Boston needed this huge win. Boston now head to Anaheim to face the Ducks with a 8pm start. which is the last game on the Cali road trip.