SUNRISE, Fla. — In a furious bit of misled fervor, with expectations contrary with receptive suspicion and beating agreeable to complete silliness, a account emerged that maybe a Bruins should spin to Jonas Gustavsson rather than Tuukka Rask for their goaltending needs.
It was, in a word, ridiculous.
Continue reading below
Rask is an all-world goalie, with a Vezina Trophy on his shelf — or underneath his bed, or holding open a doorway somewhere — while Gustavsson has been a workable backup. It wasn’t unequivocally even a judgment value addressing. All thoughts of that should be over now, with Rask putting together back-to-back gems, throwing a shutout Tuesday and following adult with a 31-save masterpiece on Friday night in a 3-1 win over a Panthers during a BBT Center.
That one goal? It came on a five-on-three energy play.
“Tuukka was superb in my mind tonight,” Bruins manager Claude Julien said. “He finished some large saves and positively finished a chastisement kill demeanour even better.”
Continue reading it below
Bolstered nonetheless again by a energy play that has scored a whopping 11 goals in 9 games, a Bruins ran their record to 5-0-1 in their final 6 games after starting a deteriorate 0-3-0. But they wouldn’t have gotten a possibility to go up, 3-0, mid by a second duration if not for Rask.
“I felt good final game, we felt good before, yet yeah, we felt good,” Rask said. “We’re personification flattering good defense, too, overall. It helps when everybody is doing their pursuit and afterwards we can concentration on doing my job. That’s what we’ve been doing a past integrate games, and it’s been easier.”
After Rask stopped Quinton Howden during 5:23 during a first, a core entrance in alone and vouchsafing go from a right circle, a goaltender did a same to Nick Bjugstad 1:22 later. It happened again, too, with a pad smoke-stack save on Jonathan Huberdeau. Despite those chances — that Julien called “self-inflicted” — Florida was kept scoreless in a first.
“The final dual games he’s been great,” Torey Krug said. “When he’s saying a puck like he is right now, it helps us means we’re not second-guessing a decisions. We know that if we do get held and we’re personification aggressive, he’s there to behind us up, so he’s been good for us a final integrate games.”
It wasn’t only Rask, though, with a group invulnerability that had been all-but-nonexistent during a start of a deteriorate appearing some-more and some-more during essential times. The Bruins started a second duration by not permitting a shot on idea until they went down by dual group during 11:20 of a period.
Then, it got a small dicey, including a 1:27 five-on-three chastisement kill roughly immediately after a five-on-three in that Bjugstad scored during 11:32. It also enclosed a third duration in that a Panthers had some-more shots on net (18) than they had had in a initial dual durations total (14).
“Credit them for entrance out hard, and we consider credit a guys, special teams, for doing a good pursuit on a chastisement kill and Tuukka holding a installation there in a third when we indispensable it,” Julien said.
By that point, a Bruins had gotten a span of scores from Brad Marchand and one from Zdeno Chara on a approach to their three-goal lead.
The Bruins had taken that lead during 9:22 of a first, when Marchand sloping a shot from Chara in a high container past Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo on a energy play. They combined another from Marchand, this time during even strength, when a winger crossed a double and obscure a puck in after a shot from Krug during a indicate during 7:07 of a second.
They weren’t done, adding another power-play idea during 9:13, this one by Chara. The Bruins’ NHL-leading power-play (by commission entrance into a night during 32.1 percent) scored dual some-more goals. The Bruins had 38 all of final year, on a energy play that finished 18th in a joining during 17.8 percent.
“It was,” David Krejci said, in an understatement, “another good day for a energy play.”
But one win isn’t what a Bruins had dictated on entrance to Florida, generally given a success they’ve had on a road, where they are now 4-0-0. They got a initial partial of their idea finished on Friday. The second partial — opposite a Lightning — comes Saturday in a back-to-back.
“We have a tough charge [Saturday],” Krug said. “Half a job’s done. We’re looking to get a other half now.”Amalie Benjamin can be reached during [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.