The Boston Bruins are back in the win column after four straight defeats with a hard fought 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
The Bruins had a good response after Wednesday night’s loss at the Anaheim Ducks to start. They may have an extra jump to their step with David Krejci returning to the lineup for his first game since October 19.
With all the injuries up front, the Bruins are happy to get goals from anywhere on the ice and defenseman Charlie McAvoy showed why he should be shooting more with his second goal of the season at the 16:06 mark. Patrice Bergeron one an offensive zone draw to McAvoy who took the puck straight to the front of the net where he used his backhand to flip the puck over Jonathan Quick.
Drew Dougthy became the second defenseman to score on the night as he tied the game four and a half minutes into the second period. With Bergeron in the penalty box for roughing, Jussi Jokinen, making his Kings debut, dropped a pass back to the slot for Doughty where he fired a wrist shot past Anton Khudobin for his fourth goal of the year. Anze Kopitar picked up the secondary assist to extend his current point streak to a career-high 10th game.
The theme of the night of goals from the blue line continued as Zdeno Chara gave the Bruins the lead back with just under seven minutes remaining in the second period. As the Bruins first power play of the game was expiring, Chara’s slap shot from the point deflected off the stick of Kings forward Trevor Lewis and got in behind Quick. Paul Postma and Danton Heinen had the helpers on the captain’s second tally of the year.
Big Z’s goal proved to be the game winner as Anton Khudobin made 27 saves for his fourth win of the season, ending the Bruins four game losing streak and pushing the Kings current losing streak to four. Khudobin has yet to lose in regulation this season.
Meanwhile McAvoy lead the team with 27:53 of ice time, followed by Chara at 26:34.
The Bruins will be off tomorrow before taking on the San Jose Sharks Saturday night.