Jaroslav Halak Almost Earned Shutout as Boston Bruins Win Against the Mighty Ducks

December 20, 2018 by Noah Gagnon
Boston Bruin David Pastrnak skates around Might Ducks defencemen on way to scoring Bostons first goal of the night on Thursday night

The Boston Bruins welcomed the Anaheim Mighty Ducks arrived at Boston’s TD Garden area last night hoping to come away with a win after learning Boston was down two key players but failed to get the job done losing to the Bruins 3-1 in what almost was a shutout for Jaroslav Halak.

Boston’s David Pastrnak earned two assists and scored a goal last night to help take the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks. Tony Krug and David Krejci also scored and earned assists was Brad Marchand and Tony Krug with Marchand earning two and Krug one. Josh Mahura scored the Ducks only goal, and Carter Rowney earned an assist. Jaroslav Halak has 24 saves for the night, and John Gibson had 28.

David Krejci, commenting about the game last night, said,

“I really wanted him to get another shutout, Both goaltenders have been really good with Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup.”

Patrice Bergeron, who suffered a sternoclavicular and rib injury, has missed 15 games but is expected to return this weekend when the Bruins meet the Buffalo Sabres. With Zdeno Chara also on the injured list, that is good news for sports betting punters and oddsmakers such as Sports Interaction, a top rated sportsbook where new signups will receive up to $125 in new player bonuses.

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Boston, who has won nine of its last 16 games but has lost 6, is clearly feeling the effects of Chara and Bergeron being on the sidelines. However, it appears Boston has found the secret having won five of its last seven. Tony Krug, who was instrumental in ending the losing streak commented that,

“We don’t see them too often so it was nice to flip the script.”

Josh Mahura, who plays defence for the Mighty Ducks scored his first NHL goal late in the third period to get the Ducks on the board and deny Halak a shutout. Anaheim Mighty Ducks coach, Randy Carlyle commenting on the night stated,

“We didn’t play anywhere near we were capable of. Didn’t think we had much pushback in the third which was disappointing.”

The Bruins and Ducks were scoreless in the first period, and it appeared the second period was heading for the same before the Bruins went on a power play and Pastrnak scored less than a minute later. Pastrnak has earned fourteen points over the last eight games and has been a big part of the Bruins success while Charo and Bergeron recuperate.

The Ducks struggled to get the puck past Halak and were denied multiple scoring opportunities as a result of Halak, who stopped a power shot from Brandon Montour with a glove save. Boston’s Tony Krug made it 2-0 for the Bruins late in the second, and Krejci made it 3-0 to earn his 600th NHL point.

The Boston Bruins will next suit up against the Predators in Saturday before heading out for a one game road trip against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Ducks will visit the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and then are off until the 27th when they hit the road to take on the San Jose Sharks.

Noah Gagnon

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Noah is our American writer who likes to give his own spin on everything Golf & the NHL he covers mainly the US side of the game as Doug covers the Canada. In his time off he can usually be taking to the greens or on the ice playing some hockey