The Boston Bruins had their hands full last night while battling the New York Rangers. Rask was playing in his second straight game (back-to-back games also), and that is a daunting task for any goaltender. It didn’t seem to phase the upcoming superstar goaltender, as Rask played fantastic all throughout the night. On the night, Rask would face 44 shots, stopping all but one of them in the process. The crazy thing about the one goal that Rask surrendered to the Rangers was a power-play goal (and we all know that the Bruins are fantastic on the penalty kill). For the night, the Bruins had to play with only five defensemen because Dennis Seidenberg was injured early in the first period.
Out of the gate last night, the Bruins were giving up breakaway after breakaway to the Rangers. Rangers Chris Kreiders had a penalty shot, that Rask would end up stopping. “I don’t know if it was any momentum changer, they had four or five breakaways. It obviously helps, and we kind of felt like we survived that first period being 0-0, so maybe it had something to do with it,” Rask said when asked about stopping the penalty shot.
In the second period, the Rangers managed to get seventeen shots on net, while the Bruins managed to get only seven. The difference was that even though the Bruins only got seven shots on net, they got two of the them to find the back of the net. Thornton would break the scoreless tie at 4:58 mark in the second, as he would snipe a beautiful wrist shot past Rangers Lundqvists glove (was Thorntons third goal of the season). The Rangers would get on a power-play a few minutes after the goal, but it wouldn’t work out the way that they would hope for. Ryan McDonagh would try to get the puck to Ryan Callahan just inside the Boston zone, but Paille would break the pass up, and go streaking by to the other end. Paille would resort to his backhand and beat Lundqvist between the pads to record the shorthanded goal, and give the B’s the 2-0 lead. New York would manage to get a power-play goal however, with only a few seconds remaining, as Brassard would float a wrist shot past Rask to end the streak. The shorthanded goal ended up being the nail in the coffin for the Rangers, as the Bruins would skate off with the 2-1 victory over them.
The Bruins move to 14-6-1 on the season, and finished 2-1 on the road trip, which included winning in Carolina on Monday, and spoiled the return of Nash to the Rangers roster on Tuesday night. Tuukka Rask has allowed only one goal or fewer in eleven of his eighteen starts this season, which is just remarkable.
3. Shawn Thornton
2. Daniel Paille (Shorthanded goal)
1. Tuukka Rask (faced 44 shots, stopped 43)
- Patrice Bergeron played in his 600th NHL game, which have all been with Boston
- Bruins allowed their first power-play goal since October 30th against Pittsburgh.
- This is the second straight game the Bruins have spoiled a return of a player (Hurricanes Cam Ward, Rangers Rick Nash)