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Bruins fend off Golden Knights for 5-4 victory

Steve Conroy, Boston Herald on

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BOSTON — The question with your Boston Bruins these days is not if disaster will strike, but when.

The B’s lost a lead for the fourth time in five games and, for the second time in that span, blew a three-goal lead on Thursday at TD Garden.

But through it all, the B’s managed to bag the rarest of all birds — a regulation win — thanks to a late Mason Lohrei power-play goal that lifted the B’s to a 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.

After Lohrei’s goal, they needed a penalty kill and a couple of huge Jeremy Swayman saves.

Morgan Geekie notched his first career hat trick to lead the B’s offensively.

In the first, the Bruins enjoyed their best period since perhaps the win in Philadelphia in the last game before the All-Star break, taking a 3-0 lead on three goals in 80 seconds.

 

The Knights we playing without their two star forwards, Jack Eichel, who is nearing a return form a knee injury, and Mark Stone, who is reportedly out for the rest of the regular season and perhaps longer.

Coach Jim Montgomery loaded his top line with Brad Marchand, Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak and they, along with Charlie McAvoy, contributed to pinning the Knights’ ears back in their own zone for most of the period.

But the scoring was done primarily by the bottom six.

It started at 14:34 when Geekie scored his first of his three goals. In the defensive zone, Geekie got a piece of Jonathan Marchessault’s right point shot and it went to Trent Frederic in the high slot. Frederic sent a soft lead pass to spring Geekie for a clean breakaway and he beat Adin Hill with a crisp wrist shot past the glove.

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