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January 17, 2010 5:14 AM

Two Shootouts, Two Different Results

For the second time in as many games on their road trip through the Pacific Division, the Boston Bruins found themselves in a shootout. Unfortunately, this game was one that Boston would like to forget relatively quickly. The Bruins entered the third period with a 3-1 lead against the Los Angeles Kings, only to see the Kings even the score, before eventually securing a 4-3 victory in the shootout.

For two teams that rarely see each other, this Saturday afternoon contest got off to quite a bang. Brandon Segal put a hit on Adam McQuaid in the right corner of Boston's defensive zone, leading to a fight between the two players. McQuaid landed the only true punch of the bout, while also scoring the takedown, earning the decision. The fight was the second of McQuaid's NHL career.

After the fight, the game took a bit of a slow pace, as the two sides began to feel each other out. Shortly after the midway mark of the first period, the Kings opened the scoring. Zdeno Chara banked the puck off of the left wing boards, trying to connect with Milan Lucic. However, the puck dribbled out to Brad Richardson at the right point, who tapped a pass over to Scott Parse. Parse faked a shot from the top of the slot, before ultimately shooting from just above the goal line. The shot hit off of the side of the net, bouncing out to Jarret Stoll, who put just enough power behind the puck to sneak it in through Tim Thomas.

Following the goal, Shawn Thornton looked to inject some energy into his club, as he took on Raitis Ivanans. The two tough guys skated around for a little while, before finally closing in for the fight. Ivanans got a couple of shots in, before taking down Thornton for the win.

Thornton's fight didn't have an immediate impact, but Boston did tie the score before the first period came to an end. Johnny Boychuk started the play off in his own zone, sending a lead pass ahead to Milan Lucic in center ice. Lucic touched a pass over to Miroslav Satan, springing him in on the right side of the offensive zone. Satan let a wrist shot go from the top of the circle, getting a friendly deflection off of the post for his second goal as a member of the Bruins.

Midway through the second period, the Bruins got a friendly deflection for their first lead of the afternoon. Anze Kopitar played the puck forward, but was unable to get it past Blake Wheeler at the blueline. Wheeler one-timed a pass to David Krejci, who spun on his defender, before returning the favor to Wheeler in the right circle. Wheeler took a wrist shot from that location, banking it into the net off of Sean O'Donnell.

Eleven seconds later, Boston doubled the lead. David Krejci won the ensuing face-off back to Johnny Boychuk, who stickhandled, before firing a pass to Blake Wheeler along the left wing boards. After receiving the pass, Wheeler got a step on Drew Doughty, leading to a 2-on-1 break. The sophomore winger calmly backhanded a pass through the slot, connecting with Michael Ryder for a tap-in.

The Kings led in shots on goal during each of the first two periods, taking an 18-15 advantage into the locker room. However, the Bruins had the edge where it counted, leading 3-1.

After four straight successful penalty kills, the Bruins had to be feeling pretty good about themselves. Midway through the third period, that thought changed, as Los Angeles began knocking on the door. Derek Morris tried moving the puck up the right wing boards, but the efforts of Jack Johnson and Michal Handzus kept the play alive for the Kings. Handzus cycled the puck behind the cage for Alexander Frolov, leading to a battle for possession. The puck ended up squirting out of the pile to Dustin Brown at the bottom of the left circle, and he beat Thomas five hole.

Los Angeles was starting to feel the momentum, and 2:22 later, the two teams were back to square one. Johnny Boychuk took a hit from Anze Kopitar behind his own goal, but still managed to move the puck around the boards to Milan Lucic. Lucic had a difficult time handling the puck, turning it over to Brad Richardson. Richardson quickly got the puck to Wayne Simmonds, who proceeded to look for options below the goal line. The best option was a centering pass to Anze Kopitar, who slammed home the equalizer with a one-timer.

The third period belonged to the Kings, who evened up the score, while outshooting Boston 13-7. Neither team was able to find the back of the net during overtime, so a shootout would decide a winner for the second game in a row.

Anze Kopitar led off for the hometown Kings, putting his team ahead with a backhander through Thomas' legs. David Krejci went first for the Bruins, but missed wide. Jack Johnson and Miroslav Satan each came up empty in round two, giving Dustin Brown a chance to put the game away. He did just that, faking a shot, before sliding a forehand attempt through Thomas.

Jonathan Quick picked up the win for Los Angeles, making 21 saves on 24 shots, before turning in a perfect 2-for-2 effort in the shootout. Tim Thomas suffered the shootout loss, allowing two goals on three shots during the shootout, after a solid 31-save performance during the game.

The Boston Bruins took three out of six possible points on their road trip through the Pacific Division, going 1-1-1. The team returns home on Monday afternoon, as the Ottawa Senators visit the TD Garden.

The Providence Bruins are 1-0-1 so far this weekend. Providence picked up a 3-2 win in Bridgeport on Friday, before falling 3-2 in overtime at Hartford on Saturday. Drew Larman, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Mikko Lehtonen, and Guillaume Lefebvre have the goals this weekend, while Dany Sabourin has played both games in goal. The P-Bruins complete their three-game weekend on Sunday with a home tilt against the Albany River Rats.

Scoring Summary:
1. LAK Stoll (11) (Parse, Richardson) 11:42
1. BOS Satan (2) (Lucic, Boychuk) 18:20
2. BOS Wheeler (12) (Krejci) 10:53
2. BOS Ryder (11) (Wheeler, Boychuk) 11:04
3. LAK Brown (12) (Frolov, Handzus) 10:32
3. LAK Kopitar (19) (Simmonds, Richardson) 12:54

BOS David Krejci- S
BOS Miroslav Satan- S

LAK Anze Kopitar- G
LAK Jack Johnson- S
LAK Dustin Brown- G

Penalty Summary:
1. BOS McQuaid- Fighting 2:49
1. LAK Segal- Fighting 2:49
1. BOS Thornton- Fighting 11:51
1. LAK Ivanans- Fighting 11:51
2. LAK O'Donnell- Hooking 4:18
2. BOS Boychuk- Interference 6:32
2. BOS Stuart- Holding 16:31
2. BOS Whitfield- Interference 18:50
2. BOS Morris- Hooking 19:38
3. BOS Stuart- Cross Checking 1:00

BOS Tim Thomas (13-11-6): 34 shots, 31 saves
LAK Jonathan Quick (25-15-3): 24 shots, 21 saves

Shots on Goal:
BOS 7-8-7-2-0=24
LAK 9-9-13-3-1=35

Power Plays:
BOS 0-for-1
LAK 0-for-5

Three Stars of the Game:
1- LAK Brad Richardson
2- BOS Blake Wheeler
3- LAK Anze Kopitar

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