BOSTON — While the Bruins were shut out by Ottawa and goaltender Brian Elliott, 2-0, tonight at TD Garden, they did punch one puck into the goal.
The operative word, of course, was punch. Blake Wheeler dove toward the goal mouth, where the puck was sitting after Patrice Bergeron’s short-side shot trickled past Elliott in the second period. However, Wheeler missed the puck with his stick and instead knocked it in with his hand.
The goal was waved off, and video review confirmed that call at the 8:01 mark of the stanza.
“Yeah, I took a dive at it,” said Wheeler after the game. “Looking at the replay it looks like [Ottawa's Sergei] Gonchar’s stick was kind of under mine and just got enough of me to kind of miss it and once you miss the blade, how are you going to put that in? That’s a tough one. It’s sitting on the goal line and as I’m sliding through, I don’t know, maybe just let my body hit it. I don’t know. You could probably do a million different things there and the puck goes in the net, so that one’s going to sting for a while.”
It was a rough night all around for Wheeler, who missed on two shorthanded 2-on-1 attempts as well. On one, he lost the puck, and on the other he shot about 4 feet too high of the goal. Boston’s emergency No. 2 center is still stuck on just two goals in 14 games this season.