The Bruins came back from a 3-1 deficit Thursday night to beat the Rangers in a shootout. The Bruins got third period goals from rookie Brandon Carlo and Ryan Spooner to tie it back up. Carlo scored while Jimmy Hayes was on top of Ranger’s goalie, Jeff Malcolm. If this was the regular season Alan Vigneault could have challenged the goal. Spooner then scored with less than a minute remaining with goalie Jeremy Smith pulled for the extra skater. Brad Marchand (5th shooter) scored the winner in the shootout
Here are the three stars:
3rd Star – Tyler Randell
Randell scored the first goal of the game by tipping in a Joe Morrow shot from the point. Then in the second period he dominated in a fight which put him an assist away from a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. He showed good hands in both the goal and the fight. Randell looks like a Bruin type of player with toughness and some touch around the net. Last preseason with the Black and Gold game he scored two goals.
2nd Star – Colin Miller
This was hard for me to decide. I was debating between Colin Miller and Joe Morrow, but I ultimately went with Miller because Claude Jullian had him on the ice in overtime on the power play. Miller showed his big shot and got it through on net a few times. He also showed off his quickness and showed he can move the puck well on the break out. He looks like he could be a NHL defenseman right now. Morrow also played well. He had an assist on Tyler Randell’s goal and he also saved one by blocking a shot while Bruins goalie Jeremy Smith was down, leaving the net open. Morrow made a really nice cross ice pass coming out of the Bruins zone. He did have a few passes picked off in the neutral zone, but was jumping up in the play more than he did in his short stint with the Bruins last season.
1st Star – Ryan Spooner
The first star really should go to the entire Spooner line (Jimmy Hayes, Spooner, and Brett Connolly). The Spooner line was the Bruins best line all night. Connolly looked much better tonight than he did on Sunday. This line was out there for the second goal and Spooner scored the game tying goal as the extra skater with the goalie pulled. He then scored in the shootout. Spooner seemed to be using his speed a little more tonight than Sunday. If this line stays together in the regular season it will be interesting to see what they can do. Hayes is always in front of the net causing issues and tonight it seemed like Connolly can skate with Spooner and for a big man Hayes (6’6″) is a good skater as well.
Overall the Bruins were skating better than the first two games. The Bergeron (Marchand, Bergeron, Eriksson) line looked rusty, but was still effective in their first game action. Frankie Vatrano, who’s name sounds like it is a character in Jersey Boys not skating on the TD Garden ice, scored a snipe in the shootout. He absolutely just ripped it by Rangers’ goalie Jeff Malcolm. The major negative was Zdeno Chara leaving the game with an upper body injury after 3 shifts. Hopefully it was for precautionary reasons.