Gustavsson Starts On Short Notice, Leads Bruins to Shootout Win

By:Mike Grinnell

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored, while Jonas Gustavsson made 31 saves, for the Bruins to get their 4th win in 5 games, in a shootout over Gregory Campbell and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night

While Gustavsson played his part for the Bruins (27-17-5) in Saturday night’s win and from the looks of things, everything went as planned for the Bruins Saturday night, but that wasn’t the case at all.

“He got the news at the last minute that he was playing,” Julien told reporters. Tuukka Rask, who was originally scheduled to start the game, wasn’t 100% ready to go, so Julien and Co. made the change.

“Tuukka was scheduled to play, and we made a change there this afternoon for certain reasons, that Tuukka maybe wasn’t 100 percent. Nothing major; obviously he was our backup. So [Gustavsson] had to go in there, and for a guy that found out just as he got to the rink this afternoon, he did well and he was well-prepared.”

Gustavsson, who was told he would be starting when we arrived at the rink, has a .917 save percentage and is now 9-3-1 on the season, didn’t seem phased by the last minute start.

“I found out when I got here that they wanted me to play so I got ready to play.” Rask told reporters after Saturday night’s victory. “Obviously you got to try to be ready no matter what the situation is, you know, anything can happen in a game and so on. So, obviously prepared maybe a little bit different, but in general it’s pretty much the same. So when I got here, like I said, it was just about doing the same routines and all that and play the game.”

Campbell, made his first return to the Garden since his departure at the end of last season. Campbell signed with the Blue Jackets on July 1st, 2015, after being informed he would not be brought back to Boston this season. Campbell was a crucial member for the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Bruins and will always be remembered for his infamous shot block.

 

The Bruins got their offense from Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak in the 2nd period. Marchand scored 0:32 into the second period on a backdoor pass from Ryan Spooner, who played wing alongside Marchand and Bergeron, in the place of Brett Connolly who was a healthy scratch.

“It was fun. In the third, I think we were in their end the entire time and I think for me it’s just trying to pick up on where to go and all that kind of stuff. They like to move a lot so I need to get to the front of the net and just kind of pick up on what they’ve been doing.” Spooner said.

Pastrnak, added another for the Bruins just 3 minutes later, on another backdoor pass, this time from David Krejci and Loui Eriksson. Pastrnak, has 4 points in his last 3 games since returning from an upper body injury.

The Blue Jackets (17-27-5) got goals from Dalton Prout and Kerby Rychel in a 7-minute span to tie the game at 2. The goal was Prout’s first of the season, and first since March of 2014.

The game remained scoreless until both teams went the shootout, where Ryan Spooner scored followed by Torey Krug, putting the nail in the coffin.

The Bruins are off until Monday, where they will host the Philadelphia Flyers. Puck Drop Scheduled for 7:00, coverage beginning at 6:00 with the ESPN New Hampshire Bruins Pre Game Show.

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