Bruins survive Golden Knights comeback for 5-4 win

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The Golden Knights managed to erase a 3-0 deficit in Boston on Thursday but couldn’t come away with a point after a late game-winner from the Bruins.

The Golden Knights had the opportunity to parlay Tuesday’s win in Toronto into a two-game win streak Thursday against the Bruins in Boston. Given their current state, two straight wins on the road against two of the league’s elite rosters was probably a tall ask. The Knights fell 5-4 after falling behind 3-0 in the first period.

How it happened

It took the Bruins almost 15 minutes to find the net on Thursday. It took them only two minutes and 20 seconds in game time after to stretch their lead to 3-0 before the first intermission. 

Morgan Geekie scored the first and third goals of the evening for the Bruins, courtesy of assists from Trent Frederic, David Pastrnak and Danton Heinin respectively. 

Paul Cotter opened the check book for the Knights just under two minutes into the second period, scoring his seventh goal of the season. Nic Roy and Shea Theodore tallied assists on the goal. 

Defenseman and alternate captain Alex Pietrangelo trimmed the Maple Leafs lead to 3-2 with thirteen minutes remaining in the middle stanza. Jonathan Marchessault earned the primary assist on the goal, which was good for his 52nd point of the season. 

Morgan Geekie completed the hat trick with just under 3:30 left in the period to stretch the Bruins lead to 4-2. It was Geekie’s first career hat trick in the NHL.

Michael Amadio was able to bring the Knights back within a goal before the second intermission, scoring with just over two minutes left to make the score 4-3 and putting the Knights within striking distance for the final stretch.

Five minutes into the third, Chandler Stephenson drew the Knights back even with a short-handed goal that briefly completed the comeback. 

I say briefly, because with 4:37 left in the context, Bruins defenseman Mason Lohrei netted the game winner for the home team. It was a brutal 5-4 loss for the Knights, who rallied to erase a 3-0 deficit just to fall short in the end. 

Next game

The roadie continues on Saturday in Buffalo with the Jack Eichel revenge game, albeit with Eichel remaining questionable for the game as he makes his way back from knee surgery. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. at the KeyBank Center.