That is exactly what the Boston Bruins did last night in St. Louis.
Lets explain. The Bruins needed only 1 point last night to clinch a birth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Heading into the game the team sat at 99 points on the season. However, it would not be easy as I’m pretty sure half of their lineup is out. The Bruins skated with no less than 5 players who were not with the team on opening night and most of their big names where out.
The B’s went into the Lou (thanks Nelly) without Patrice Bergeron, Rick Nash, David Backe, Zdeno Chara or Charlie McAvoy. Tuukka Rask was also given the night off.
The Black and Gold got off to a strong start and led this one for most of the game. An early goal by new guy Ryan Donato (more on him in another post) gave the Bruins a lead they would hold onto until late in the game.
The game would stay this way until the mid way point of the 3rd when some nice passing, terrible D by Brandon Carlo and a great shot by Jadan Schwartz would tie this one up.
This game would head into Overtime assuring that Bruins would get at least the 1 point needed to clinch a spot in the playoffs. And as the tile of this piece suggest you can probably guess what happened next….
So a badly banged up Bruins team loses in Overtime, gets 1 point and checks its ticket to the post season. The B’s now sit 4 points behind Tampa in the Atlantic division and Eastern Conference standings with 1 game in hand.
Next stop is a date with Tyler Seguin and the Dallas Stars tomorrow in the big D. The Stars are fighting for their playoff lives and will be kicking and clawing tomorrow.