5 things we learned as Bruins let Dougie Hamilton off hook in overtime loss

DJ Bean
December 04, 2015 - 6:58 pm
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Dougie Hamilton'€™s first game against his former team was set to end horribly. It instead ended with him assisting Johnny Gaudreau'€™s third goal of a 5-4 overtime win for the Flames over the Bruins. With the Flames on a power play in a 3-3 game late in regulation, Hamilton fumbled with the puck at the point, allowing Brad Marchand to steal the puck and race through the neutral zone. Hamilton had no choice but to slash the stick out of Marchand'€™s hands, resulting in a penalty shot on which Marchand scored to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead with 1:06 remaining.

The lead wouldn't last, however, as the Flames then pulled Kari Ramo until Jiri Hudler scored amidst a last-second flurry in which Dennis Seidenberg was playing without a stick. The Flames then took advantage of a Zdeno Chara giveaway in overtime, resulting in a rush that saw Hamilton feed Gaudreau to both give the Boston College product a hat trick and give Boston its second straight loss after regulation. The Bruins, who lost to Edmonton in a shootout Wednesday, will try to salvage the remainder of what'€™s been a disappointing road trip when they face the Canucks Saturday in Vancouver. GUSTAVSSON YANKED Jonas Gustavsson was given the start Friday night in he first game of a back-to-back for the Bruins, but he left Claude Julien little choice but to pull him in the second period. It wasn'€™t a pretty night for Gustavsson, whose worst play of the night saw him allow an easy short-side goal off a Mark Giordano snap shot. Poor positioning from Gustavsson allowed Giordano space to squeeze his shot between the netminder and the right post to give the Flames the lead back in the second period. All in all, Gustavsson allowed three goals on 11 shots faced in the first 21:56 of the game. Rask proved to be a stabilizing factor for the Bruins in the second period, stopping Johnny Gaudreau'€™s hat trick bid on an odd man rush late in the second period. He came 1.2 seconds away from a perfect 23-for-23 showing. Rask'€™s biggest save of the game would come shortly after, as he stopped T.J. Brodie on a breakaway in the opening minute of overtime.  PENALTY KILL STRONG AGAIN Facing a dreadful Flames power play, the Bruins'€™ penalty kill turned in its latest strong performance. The B'€™s killed off all four of Calgary'€™s power plays, marking the sixth time in the last seven games that the Bruins have held their opponent without a power play goal. The biggest challenge the B'€™s faced on the PK came when Zdeno Chara was called for sending the puck over the glass, but that proved to be a blessing in disguise when Marchand earned and capitalized on his penalty shot. The Bruins have now killed off 26 of their opponents'€™ 27 power plays dating back to their Nov. 17 game against the Sharks. BELESKEY FINALLY SCORES Matt Beleskey had been shooting the puck a ton the last couple games without scoring goals. As such, it was fitting that he snapped his 13-game scoring drought by redirecting a puck late in the first period. Beleskey, who went all of November without a goal, scored his third of the season by setting up camp in front of Ramo and redirecting a shot from Zdeno Chara past the Calgary netminder. The goal was a big one at the time given that it appeared the B'€™s were set to head into the intermission down 2-0. Instead, Beleskey'€™s goal put the B'€™s one goal away from tying the game, which they did early in the second period on a Brad Marchand goal. FEVERISH SECOND The second period was a back-and-forth affair that saw three goals scored in a matter of 48 seconds. Twenty seconds after Marchand picked his spot perfectly off the rush to make it 2-2, Johnny Gaudreau picked up his second goal of the game on a play that chased Gustavsson from the game. Chara managed to tie the game 26 seconds after that. Though there was no more scoring in the second after the opening 2:22, the teams continued to go up and down the ice. Having Rask in over Gustavsson helped the Bruins keep the game tied in the unstructured second.