Extra Beats: Bruins Lose 2-1 in OT to St. Louis, Clinch Playoff Berth

The Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup Playoff bound despite a 2-1 overtime loss at the hands of the St. Louis Blues.

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The Bruins had the lead until the third period but managed to bring the game to overtime where they would eventually lose 2-1, but the team got the one point they needed to secure a 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoff spot for the second-consecutive year.

Here are my six takeaways from the game:

  • Ryan Donato is really good:
    In just his second NHL game, Ryan Donato is proving he belongs on the ice. He scored his second-career goal in as many games with the B’s. He did look a little slow after he scored and there were times on the ice he could have easily had his second goal of the game, but he’s young and was just in class at Harvard University 24 hours ago. He’s going to make mistakes, but if he keeps putting the puck in the net, he will easily be a fan-favorite.
  • The Boston Bruins are the real deal:
    This team is without Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Rick Nash and Torey Krug and they keep finding ways to collect points. Their chemistry is unmatched and in a year where they’re supposed to be rebuilding, they look poised, confident, they have an identity and look like a legitimate Stanley Cup team.
  • Anton Khudobin was fantastic in net:
    He made 18 saves on the night and made some crucial and playoff-clinching stops in the final seconds of regulation. He made some fantastic kick and glove saves and really kept this game close during big moments. Though he couldn’t stop the Jaden Schwartz snipe in overtime, Khudobin still kept this game tight.
  • The refs are really inconsistent with their headshot calls:
    In the second period, David Krejci had his brain rattled and Brayden Schenn was only called for charging. Rewind back to when David Backes received a match penalty for what was called a hit from behind when he was really in front of the player for the hit. Schenn received two minutes for charging – so it will be interesting to see how the NHL Department of Player Safety will respond – if they will at all. If the NHL wants to eliminate headshots from the game, they need to be consistent on their calls.
  • The Bruins could really use Patrice Bergeron:
    Whether it’s in the faceoff circle or in front of the net, this team is clearly missing Bergeron out on the ice. Although the B’s are finding ways to win, Bergeron completes the line of Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak and are a better team when he’s out there with his teammates. He not only finds the back of the net often, he finds Pastrnak and Marchand just as often for the assist.
  • A  point is a point:
    The Bruins have 10 games left in the regular season and collected their 100 point in the 2-1 loss. They also secured their trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It may not have been the best way to get there, but if you look at who this team is missing and who they’ve beaten during that stretch, it’s clear to see Boston is serious about making a deep playoff  run.