By Brian Willwerth
After playing catch-up all night, the Bruins finally got over the hump to pick up a much-needed win.
Tyler Seguin‘s goal in the shootout turned out to the difference, as the Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, 3-2.
The win snapped Boston’s season-high four-game losing streak, and moved them four points ahead of second-place Montreal in the Northeast Division. The Canadiens lost at home to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.
One of the key moments of the game came with less than six minutes to play, and the Bruins shorthanded. Rich Peverley took control of the puck in his own end, skated around the defense, and brilliantly faked out Columbus goalie Steve Mason to tie the game at 2. It was Peverly’s 16th goal of the season.
The game stayed tied through the end of regulation, and overtime. Boston goalie Tuukka Rask was outstanding between the pipes, 1stopping 34 of 36 shots. But the save of the game may have been turned in by Thomas Kaberle, who kept Jan Hejda‘s shot out of the net with just over a minute remaining in OT. Rask was able to pick the rebound out of mid-air, and the game remained tied.
There was only one goal in the shootout, coming courtesy of Bruins’ rookie Tyler Seguin. Rask stopped all three shots he faced.
The Bruins are in Nashville Thursday night.