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January 31, 2010 3:59 AM

Bruins Gain One Point, but Second Point Slips Away

The Boston Bruins entered Saturday night's contest on a five-game losing streak, with their last point coming on January 16th, when they fell in a shootout against the Los Angeles Kings. As luck would have it, Los Angeles was the opponent at the TD Garden, as Boston looked to put an end to the current slump. The Bruins did register one point in the standings, but that was all, as Jarret Stoll's goal in the sixth round of the shootout gave the visiting Kings a 3-2 victory.

It didn't take long for the Bruins to get an opportunity in the game, as Drew Doughty found himself in the penalty box at the 39-minute mark. However, Los Angeles' penalty kill was up to the task in the early going, killing Doughty's penalty, as well as a minor to Ryan Smyth.

On the other hand, Boston's penalty kill got off to a difficult start. Milan Lucic picked up the Bruins' first penalty with 8:13 remaining in the first period. Lucic's stay in the sin bin lasted for a mere 19 seconds, as the Kings made quick work on the man advantage. Los Angeles won the ensuing face-off, with Drew Doughty and Jarret Stoll exchanging passes at the point. Stoll ultimately opted to go to his right, setting up Anze Kopitar for a slap shot. Kopitar drove his shot in toward the slot, with Dustin Brown redirecting the puck in past the stick side of Tim Thomas. Brown had the lone tally of the first period, as the Kings took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.

In the early stages of the second period, the Kings looked like they had doubled their lead. Randy Jones took a shot from the point, with Wayne Simmonds deflecting the puck down and into the net. The referee to the right of the cage immediately called the goal off, and video replay agreed, wiping Simmonds' goal off of the board.

Shortly after dodging the bullet, the Bruins got an injection of energy. Peter Harrold passed the puck forward from his own zone, trying to send Anze Kopitar ahead in center ice. Mark Stuart had other ideas, belting Kopitar with a punishing hit. Stuart was quickly challenged by Wayne Simmonds, as the two dropped the gloves, engaging in a fight. The bout was quick and beneficial for Boston, as Simmonds picked up 19 penalty minutes, while Stuart only received the five for fighting.

Moments later, a part of Simmonds' penalty was erased, as Tim Thomas got his stick up in retaliation on Brad Richardson. The Kings went on to kill the remainder of Simmonds' penalties, while also preventing any damage on a penalty to Rob Scuderi.

Finally, on their sixth power play of the night, the Bruins cashed in. Brandon Segal made the mistake, shooting the puck over the boards for a delay of game penalty. Los Angeles won the ensuing face-off, but Drew Doughty's clearing attempt was blocked by one of the linesmen. The puck deflected to Marc Savard, who centered a pass to Marco Sturm. Sturm waited out Doughty, before beating Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot to the stick side.

With less than one minute left in the period, the Kings were shorthanded once again, as Scott Parse was sent off for tripping. Boston was unable to score during the final 20 seconds of the middle frame, but the home team took advantage of the fresh ice in the third. Mark Recchi picked up the puck behind his own net, turning on the jets as he dashed through center ice. After crossing the red line, Recchi handed off for David Krejci, who skated in on the right side of the offensive zone. As he got close to the goal line, Krejci gave the puck back to Recchi, who tipped the go-ahead goal in past Quick. Recchi's marker gave the Bruins their first lead since January 21st against Columbus.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, that lead didn't last long. Just over a minute later, David Krejci was whistled for hooking, putting Los Angeles on the power play. Boston was successful in killing the majority of the penalty, but with nine seconds to go, the Kings finally capitalized. Anze Kopitar got the puck from Michal Handzus on the right side of the offensive zone. After a brief display of puckhandling, Kopitar fired a shot in on goal. Thomas got a piece of the puck, but it wasn't enough, as the game was tied at two.

The Kings put the pressure on in Boston's defensive zone during the final minute of regulation, but Thomas and the Bruins stood tall, giving both teams one point in the standings.

In overtime, the Bruins had a few chances to get the winning goal, but this time, Quick and the Kings did well defensively, sending the tilt into a shootout.

As the home team, the Bruins elected to shoot first, sending Zdeno Chara out to put his team ahead. However, Chara fanned, barely making contact with the puck. Anze Kopitar took advantage of that opportunity for the Kings, using the well-known move by Peter Forsberg for a 1-0 lead. A pair of misses by Blake Wheeler and Dustin Brown put the game on Michael Ryder's shoulders. He kept Boston alive, beating Quick with a snap shot over the glove. Michal Handzus came up empty for Los Angeles, sending the shootout into extra frames.

The first two frames saw results that mirrored each other. In round four, Marc Savard faked out Quick for a goal, only to see Ryan Smyth answer by sneaking a shot through Thomas. In the fifth round, Patrice Bergeron's miss was matched by Oscar Moller, who was also denied. In round six, Mark Recchi took the shot for the Bruins, missing high with a backhander. That gave Jarret Stoll a chance to be the hero, which he was, beating Thomas high over the glove.

Jonathan Quick earned his 30th win of the season for the Kings, making 31 saves on 33 shots, before a 4-for-6 effort in the shootout. Fellow Olympian Tim Thomas came up on the short end for the Bruins, stopping 27 of the 29 shots he faced during the game, before allowing three goals in the shootout.

In the AHL, the Providence Bruins had a night to remember, as they lit the lamp eight times in an 8-2 victory over the Springfield Falcons at the MassMutual Center. Defensemen Jeff Penner and Andy Wozniewski gave the Baby B's a 2-0 lead in the first period, before Colton Fretter scored, cutting the lead to 2-1. It was all Providence from there, as Brad Marchand, Jordan Knackstedt, Jamie Arniel, and Mikko Lehtonen blew the game open at 6-1 after two. Fretter scored his second of the game in the third period, but Lehtonen and Knackstedt answered, giving the Peebs the commanding 8-2 win. Dany Sabourin was the winning netminder, making 22 saves on 24 shots. Jean-Philippe Levasseur allowed six goals in the loss, while Andrew Penner received a no-decision. The power play was Providence's biggest success, as the visitors were 5-for-6.

The Boston Bruins have two days off, before they continue their current four-game homestand on Tuesday. The visitors on Tuesday will be the Washington Capitals, who currently lead the Eastern Conference with 78 points. The Providence Bruins will finish their home-and-home series with the Springfield Falcons on Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Scoring Summary:
1. LAK Brown (13) (Kopitar, Stoll) (PP) 12:06
2. BOS Sturm (16) (Savard) (PP) 15:16
3. BOS Recchi (10) (Krejci) (PP) 1:20
3. LAK Kopitar (23) (Handzus, Jones) (PP) 4:29

LAK Anze Kopitar- G
LAK Dustin Brown- S
LAK Michal Handzus- S
LAK Ryan Smyth- G
LAK Oscar Moller- S
LAK Jarret Stoll- G

BOS Zdeno Chara- S
BOS Blake Wheeler- S
BOS Michael Ryder- G
BOS Marc Savard- G
BOS Patrice Bergeron- S
BOS Mark Recchi- S

Penalty Summary:

1. LAK Doughty- Hooking 0:39
1. LAK Smyth- Tripping 8:06
1. BOS Lucic- Cross Checking 11:47
1. BOS Stuart- Slashing 13:51
2. LAK Simmonds- Unsportsmanlike Conduct 4:58
2. LAK Simmonds- Instigating 4:58
2. LAK Simmonds- Fighting 4:58
2. LAK Simmonds- 10 Minute Misconduct 4:58
2. BOS Stuart- Fighting 4:58
2. BOS Thomas- High Sticking 5:27
2. LAK Scuderi- Cross Checking 8:29
2. LAK Segal- Delay of Game 15:08
2. BOS Savard- Hooking 16:35
2. LAK Parse- Tripping 19:39
3. BOS Krejci- Hooking 2:38

LAK Jonathan Quick (30-16-3): 33 shots, 31 saves
BOS Tim Thomas (13-14-7): 29 shots, 27 saves

Shots on Goal:
LAK 10-7-10-2-1=30
BOS 7-13-9-4-0=33

Power Plays:

LAK 2-for-4
BOS 2-for-7

Three Stars of the Game:
1- LAK Anze Kopitar
2- BOS Patrice Bergeron
3- LAK Jarret Stoll

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