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Call It a Comeback! Bruins Top Golden Knights 3-2



On Sunday, the Boston Bruins blew a three-goal lead and lost in regulation time to the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Tuesday night, the Bruins trailed by one on two separate occasions, but buckled down to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2. It was a gutsy win for a Bruins team coming off of a disastrous loss.

David Krejci missed each of the last two games with an injury, and entered Tuesday as a game-time decision. Luckily for the Bruins, Krejci was able to go on this cold January night. The veteran center made an immediate impact upon his return to the lineup. Krejci scored his 12th of the season to give the Bruins a lead they would not lose.

Krejci knocked down a Brandon Carlo point shot, knocking it off the skates of Marc-Andre Fleury. The puck bounced back to Krejci, who wacked the bouncing puck into the net 12:18 into the final frame. That goal propelled the Bruins to two important points heading into the break.

Jaroslav Halak got his second victory in three games, stopping 27 shots in the winning effort. Fleury, meanwhile, make 34 saves in the loss as his down season continues.

Vegas struck first on this January evening as Mark Stone sniped home his 18th of the season. The first year Golden Knights forward took a stretch pass from Nate Schmidt and sped past Zdeno Chara, giving him a clear path to the net. Stone got in close and lifted a backhander over the stick of Halak to open the scoring.

Giving up an early goal, just 1:24 into the game, did not deter the Bruins on this night. They got to work after the early marker against and eventually tied the game at 11:40 of the first period. Jeremy Lauzon, recalled earlier Tuesday morning, collected a feed from Krejci and blasted home his first goal of the season to even things up.

The second period saw Vegas score the only goal, a special one at that. Nicolas Hague managed to sneak away from Bruins penalty killers and sit alone at the top of the faceoff circle to the left of Halak. Schmidt fed Hague, who stepped into a bomb from the point for his first NHL goal at 10:59 on the powerplay.

Although Vegas led things 2-1 after two, the Bruins had to feel good about their effort. They were outplaying the Golden Knights through forty minutes. They were rewarded in the final frame.

Jake DeBrusk evened the game 2-2 at 4:26 of the third period with his 15th goal of the season. DeBrusk took a feed from Charlie Coyle and gained the Vegas zone. He backed up a Golden Knights defenseman and wired a wrist shot over Fleury from inside the circle for his ninth point in eight games.

Krejci would nab his 12th goal of the season less than eight minutes later after knocking down Carlo’s bid from the point. The Golden Knights pushed in the final minutes of regulation, but could not solve the veteran Halak.

The Bruins will now have nine days off for the NHL’s All-Star break and mandated bye week. They return to action on Friday, January 31st when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

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