The Bruins NHL record 14 game home winning start to a season ended on Monday night after a 4-3 shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. It was Boston’s first meeting with former head coach Bruce Cassidy since his departure in the offseason.
Vegas jumped out to a 2-0 lead, with Paul Cotter and Jonathan Marchessault both scoring within the first five minutes of the game. Cotter added a second goal in the first minute of the second period, quickly putting the Bruins down 3-0.
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each scored in the waning minutes of the second period to cut the deficit to one. The latter being a highlight reel play by Pastrnak with less than thirty seconds on the clock. Taylor Hall tied the game early in the third on the power play, and the score would hold through overtime.
Both goaltenders would stay clean through the first four rounds of the shootout. In the fifth round, former Bruin Reilly Smith scored the only goal and clinched the victory for Vegas.
This was the first loss of any kind on home ice since April 14th against Ottawa. Since then the B’s had gone 21-0-0, including playoffs. Boston still stands unbeaten in regulation, and have outscored their opponents 60-26 at TD Garden.
Up next, the Bruins continue their western road trip before returning home for a five game homestand. This will be the longest run of consecutive home games until March.
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