The Boston Bruins played their final game at home before going on a three-game road trip, and they remained a perfect 7-0-0 in November.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were looking for their first road win of the season, and it had to be against the hot Bruins.
This game proved to be sloppy and a dirty win for the Bruins.
Both goals scored in regulation were in the second period by Columbus' Derek MacKenzie and just 1:35 later, Boston's Adam McQuaid.
MacKenzie scored on the tip-in while on a power play that looked like it was going nowhere until the Blue Jackets quickly organized in the final seconds. With just one second left in the period, MacKenzie beat Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask to open the scoring.
Just 1:35 later, McQuaid fired a shot from the point only to have it go off Blue Jacket Grant Clitsome and past Curtis Sanford to knot it up.
Not only did McQuaid get back at this former team on the score sheet offensively, but he played well defensively keeping the top line off that score sheet.
Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara was happy with McQuaid performance when he spoke with ESPN Boston.
“He stepped up. He's playing against top lines and playing really solid, keeping the plays really simple and he took some really good shots. He's just a really solid defenseman that you can rely on.”
Coach Julien felt that McQuaid is what the doctor order for this game.
“Adam’s a big guy, and he had played against top lines,” Julien said. “They’re a big, heavy team, so we needed a good physical presence up there, and I feel that Adam’s been playing better the last few games as far as handling the puck and making better decisions all around. He’s been a better player for us, and it was nice to see him play well tonight and score the goal that got us back in the game.”
The game went to OT and both teams had a chance to end it, but ringing of the posts seemed to be the order of the night.
In the shootout's first round, both Bruins' Tyler Seguin and Blue Jackets' Steve Nash came up empty—tied up at 0-0.
Bruins' Rich Peverley scored in the second round as did Columbus' Mark Letestu—tied up at 1-1
In the third round, Bruins' David Krejci scored, and it proved to be the winner as Antoine Vermette couldn't extend the shootout.
The Bruins have now taken seven of seven games this month and look to extend that streak to Long Island as they take on the New York Islanders. When they last met in Boston, the Bruins easily dispatched the Islanders 6-2. The Islanders look to take the energy of winning against the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
This was an ugly win. No doubt about that. But a win is a win, and two points is better than one in the standings.
The Bruins have matched the New York Rangers in current win streaks at seven and look to build on making November a remembered month for two reasons: to get the most wins they could possible amass and to make Movember a successful month for the fight against prostate cancer.
This is Cory Ducey saying, "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean."