10/25/22 By Christopher Ferara
With tickets going for as low as $95, the Boston Bruins had a highly anticipated matchup against the Minnesota Wild. The red hot bruins started off the season strong with a 4-1 and continued their winning ways facing the 1-2-1 Minnesota Wild.
Before the game, the Bruins honored former captain Zdeno Chara. Chara had a 24-year career in the NHL playing for the Islanders, Senators, Capitals, and Boston Bruins. While Chara was in Boston, he became the captain in his first season with the Bruins and stayed as the team captain for his 14-year stint with the team. While he was in Boston: he won the James Norris Memorial Trophy for best defender during the ‘08-’09 season, broke the record for hardest slapshot at 108.8 in 2012, won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership award in 2011, and brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston in 2011 after a 39-year drought.
Minnesota was on the penalty kill a minute into the game, and the beginning of the game showed early signs of a blood bath. On the penalty kill, the Wild stunned the Bruins with a Brandon Duhaime breakaway goal. While still on the power play, the Bruins’ Taylor Hall finds Nick Foligno inside the left-wing circle to fire a wrist shot past Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. With 12:45 left in the first period, Hall drives down the ice with no problem puts a shot on the net, hits off Fleury’s pad and David Pastrnak picked up the rebound to put a shot into the wide-open net to put the Bruins up 2-1.
To start the second period, it was more sloppy play from the Wild. Turnover after turnover allowed the Bruins to have a faceoff in the Wild half of the ice. After Boston wins the face-off Hampus Lindholm sniped an upper top-shelf shot to extend the Bruins’ lead to 2. The thought of this game becoming a blowout slowly began to fade away. As the second period begins to wind down, the Wild achieve a power play that allowed Matt Boldy to set in front of Bruins Goalie Ullmark for the easy tip-in off of Mats Zuccarello’s shot.
With 15:29 left in the third period, Jared Spurgeon gets a long rebound off the pads of Ullmark which allows him to tie this game and eventually send the game into Overtime. During overtime, the Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov gets thrown into the penalty box for tripping allowing Boston’s offense to take over, creating multiple attempts, and finally finding the back of the net off of a Taylor Hall slapshot just outside the goalie crease. This was the second overtime winner for Hall in the young season coming in back-to-back games. Hall also picked up two assists to lead the Bruins to an astounding 4-3 victory.