Sunday afternoon saw the Los Angeles Kings make their way to the TD Garden in Boston to take on the Bruins. In true Sunday fashion, the game was played on the lazy side. While there was a good pace to the game, there was not a lot of action. All it took to settle this one was one early tally and some key saves by the home goaltender.
Matinee games have a tendency to get off to a slow start, but the opening frame of this game saw a fast game pace. Despite the low amount of shots, there was some good back and forth action early. The Bruins recorded six shots to the Kings five.
The game pace started to slow down a bit late in the period. In an attempt to bring some energy, Kevan Miller and Kyle Clifford dropped the gloves. The lone goal scored in the period was tipped in by Jimmy Hayes after a quality shot by Colin Miller. It is Hayes’ second goal of the season.
There was not a whole lot of action in the second period. Neither team was able to score, but the Bruins dominated much of the play. Boston posted 11 shots in the frame to Los Angeles’ five.
The best scoring chance for the home team came off the stick of Hayes. He received a pass from behind the net for a one-timer, but Budaj was able to make the pad stop. Boston put together two decent power plays in the period with a good amount of shots. Unfortunately, none found the back of the net.
The third period played out much like the second. There was not a lot of action until late in the frame. Trailing by one, the Kings started to put pressure and shots on Tuukka Rask. Rask was able to turn everything away for his fourth shutout of the 2016-17 season.
Peter Budaj was able to keep his team in the game by stopping 29 of 30 shots. If not for some great saves by Budaj, the Bruins could have walked away with the game.
BOS-Jimmy Hayes (2) assisted by Colin Miller (3) and Dominic Moore (4)
THW THREE STARS
First: Jimmy Hayes (one goal)
Second: Tuukka Rask (18 saves on 18 shots)
Third: Peter Budaj (29 saves on 30 shots)
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Anthony Pagliarulo is a Boston Bruins contributor for The Hockey Writers. He is a Massachusetts native and a Worcester State University alumni. You can follow Anthony on Twitter @APags87.