Tuukka Rask played brilliantly, like a brick wall, in last night’s 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers. Rask set the tone for the Black and Gold in the first three minutes of the game making key saves. Tuukka made many timely saves that could have changed the complexion of the game. Rask’s stellar performance is shown by the final score. Tonight’s shutout marks Rask’s 5th of the season, and 35th as a Bruin. He tied Frank Brimsek for 2nd all-time shutouts in franchise history with 35, to only be behind legendary Tiny Thompson who has 74. Rask continues to have an elite season and tonight’s performance shows no sign of him slowing down.
Brad Marchand picked up his first multi-goal game since the first game of the season, 8/13 @ Columbus. He netted both a shorthanded and power play goal tonight. Marchy’s first goal was a break away coming off an intercepted Keith Yandle shot. The Nose Face Killah streaked down the ice to pump fake forehand and wrist it backhand passed James Reimer’s glove side. Marchand’s second goal came 9:40 in the second when the Bruins were up a man. Torey Krug unleashed a rocket, that left a juicy rebound for Marchand to bury in the back of the net. Marchand’s goals tonight tally him up to 12 on the season.
David Backes and Riley Nash each had a goal in tonight’s win, to help the Bruins sweep the Panthers in the season series four games to zero. Backes welcomed himself back into the lineup when he scored a tip-in 4:13 into the second period off a David Krejci wrist shot from the blue line. Riley Nash’s goal was unorthodox as he circled the net with the puck to shoot with little to no angle and banked it off Reimer’s back, trickling into the net.
12:48 BOS – Brad Marchand (11) (SH) Unassisted
4:13 BOS – David Backes (10) assists David Krejci, Zdeno Chara
9:40 BOS – Brad Marchand (12) assists Torey Krug, David Pastrnak
4:59 BOS – Riley Nash (2) assist by Kevan Miller
1st Star: Tuukka Rask, 25 saves. Shutout
2nd Star: Brad Marchand, 2 goals
3rd Star: David Backes, 1 goal
Panthers forward Greg McKegg left in the second period with what looked to be an upper-body injury. Both teams recalled goaltenders from the minors to serve as back-ups. The Panthers recalled Sam Brittain from the Springfield Thunderbirds of the AHL to back-up Reimer for the time being until Luongo is healthy. The Bruins recalled Zane McIntyre from Providence, who has played in three games with a record of 0-2-0.
The Bruins will be quickly back in action as they visit Carolina tomorrow night.