Make no mistake about this, this was a character win for the Bruins. Many teams would get up, cough the lead up, then keel over and lose the game because they had no fight in them. Instead, the Bruins are able to get a couple of speed guys out onto the ice in overtime and create quality chances.
To start the game, the Bruins came out with a chip on their shoulder. They were able to move the puck and create some open space. The Bruins were able to score on a bang-bang play after Loui Eriksson intercepted a New Jersey pass and found Dan Paille right in front of the net. It was Paille's second goal in 2 games after going on a 36 game goal drought. Pastranak was able to score later in the game and open up a 2 goal lead on the Devils. However, Travis Zajac and Jordin Tootoo were able to tie it up in the 3rd period and send this game into overtime.
In overtime, Spooner scored his first career NHL goal with 2:14 left. After a phenomenal cross-ice pass from Pastranak, Spooner was able to beat goalie Adam Larsson high off of a deflection. Spooner's goal marks his first in 35 career NHL games.
Svedberg was able to play a good game even though he let up two late goals, tallying 29 saves and giving Tuukka Rask a much needed day off. Svedberg talked about his expectations for himself entering tonight's game, "Personally, and for the team as well, I needed a good performance. Thats the way it is. It was a big game in both aspects, so it feels really good. We have a tough stretch, but we battled through it."
The Bruins take on the Arizona Coyotes Saturday at 5:30.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS