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Boston Bruins beaten by Minnesota Wild in shootout


 

The Boston Bruins were beaten by the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center, in a shootout, 4-3. Minnesota earned a season series split against the Bruins with the win. The Bruins have dropped three of their last four games.

Minnesota secured the top overall wild card spot in the Western Conference with the win. Boston earned one point in the loss and extended their lead in the race for the President’s Trophy by three points over the St. Louis Blues. They now have a total of 114 points while the Blues have 111.

Jason Pominville scored twice for the Wild in an offensively eventful opening period. Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith scored for the Bruins. The game was tied at two after twenty-minutes.

Smith upped his season goal total to 20. He’s the fifth Bruins player to reach the 20 goal mark this season. Bergeron has scored nine goals in his last 10 games and has a total of 29 on the year. He also fired eight shots on net in the game.

Loui Eriksson scored the lone goal of the second period. He now has five points in his last two games. The Bruins would take a 3-2 lead into the final period.

With an extra attacker on, Ryan Suter tied the game at 18:55 of the third period to force overtime. Neither team was able to settle things in extra time. Mikko Koivu scored for Minnesota in the shootout and it proved to be the winner.

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 of 24 shots in defeat. Ilya Bryzgalov earned his third consecutive win. He stopped 21 of 24 shots as well, improving his record to 7-0-3 with the Wild.

The Bruins played without top scorers Jarome Iginla and David Krejci. They were both healthy scratches.

Boston will visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

 

 

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