BSJ Game Report: Bruins 3, Golden Knights 2 – Backes lifts B’s in shootout, Boston clinches 7th straight win

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LAS VEGAS — Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout win over the Golden Knights in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis…



Bruins continue to gut out wins: Boston certainly looked like a team playing its fourth straight foe on the road Wednesday, as the B’s legs seemed to give out at times against a heavy Vegas club. By the end of the night, Vegas held the edge in shots on goal (33-27) and overall attempts (76-53), but Boston once again did just enough to gut out two points.

On a night in which the Bruins relinquished the lead twice — one of which was a tally by Nate Schmidt just 27 seconds after Brad Marchand gave Boston a 2-1 advantage — Jaroslav Halak kept his club in it, holding off the Golden Knights all the way until the shootout, where David Backes provided the heroics with the game-winner in the sixth round. As has been the case throughout this stretch, it seems as though every player on Boston’s roster is starting to pull his weight when needed.The results have shown, with Boston now securing at least a point in 12 straight games — while extending its win streak to seven in a row.

B’s make Coyle deal official: The top news to come away from tonight’s game didn’t involve much on the ice, as the B’s officially announced the Charlie Coyle trade right around 10:45 p.m. — with the official cost being Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. If Boston advances to the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, it will keep its fifth rounder and instead include the Rangers’ 2019 fourth-round pick, which the Bruins acquired in the Adam McQuaid deal back in September.

“The Bruins are excited to add Charlie Coyle to our immediate lineup,” Don Sweeney said in a team release.  “Charlie brings unique qualities to our team – he is an experienced, productive, two-position player with size, skill and speed. Charlie will provide the necessary depth in all areas of our game as we continue to battle for a playoff position.

“Charlie is a player our entire organization believes can help us now and moving forward. The Bruins also want to thank Ryan Donato for his contributions to our organization, and we wish him much success in his NHL career. He is a special young man with a bright future in the league.”

As I noted in my analysis piece on the Coyle trade, I think it’s a good move for the Bruins, as Coyle should shore up the vacant spot at third-line center that has plagued the Bruins all season long, while also giving Boston a chance to keep guys like Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Trent Frederic  down in Providence to work on their game, rather than have them waste away up on this team by logging eight to nine minutes a night.

We’ll have plenty more to break down with this trade later...