nhl playoffs 2017

Bruins Go Shotless in Playoff Period for First Time in 78 Years, Still Beat Ottawa in Game 1

It was the first time Boston failed to record a shot in a playoff period since April 1939 against Toronto.

by Kyle Cantlon
Apr 13 2017, 3:31pm

Photo by Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

With a battle of the rats taking place between Alex Burrows and Brad Marchand, the exceptional rookie debut of Charlie McAvoy, and a late comeback by the Bruins to take the opener, there was a whole lot going on in Game 1 of the first-round series between the Senators and Bruins.

For the whole middle frame, however, there was absolutely nothing going on for Boston, as it recorded zero shots in a playoff period for the first time in 78 years, and only the second time in the history of the Original Six franchise.

The Bruins' struggles prompted the Senators' social media team to fire some premature shots during intermission as Ottawa came fresh off outshooting Boston 12-0 in the second, marching into the third period with a 1-0 lead.

Bad idea, keyboard warriors, there was still 20 minutes left to play—which is often more than enough for the veteran-laden Bruins, as Maple Leafs fans know all too well. Just as they won back in '39 when they last posted a donut for shots on goal in a period, the B's stormed back and ended up taking Game 1 by a score of 2-1 thanks to a late third-period goal by Marchand.

Never count those chickens, man.