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Rask Records Second Shutout

40Tuukka Rask recorded his second shutout of the 2013-2014 season, blanking the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-0 effort Monday afternoon at the TD Garden, moving the Boston Bruins to 11-5-1 on the season.

Rask’s first shutout also came against the Lightning back on October 19th. Tuukka is now 3-0 with a 0.33 GAA and .988% save percentage against a potent Tampa Bay offense.

“I think some of the best games we’ve played have been against them and that obviously helps the goalie,” said Rask post-game. “I haven’t had to be unbelievable out there.”

Rask recorded 28 saves for the shutout, but only faced two shots on net in the four power play opportunities for the Lightning.

The four penalty kills makes it 22 straight for the Black and Gold.

“I think the biggest thing is we’re mentally focused out there,” said Rask of the penalty killing success. “We’re reading the plays and jumping on those pucks, blocking shots so it’s been a really good tactic for us.”

Rask has now played in 15 of the Bruins 17 games thus far in the young 2013-14 season, posting a 10-4-1 record with 1.52 GAA and .948% save percentage.

STEVEN STAMKOS OUT INDEFINITELY

Stamkos injuryThe Tampa Bay Lightning have confirmed that star center Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely with a broken right tibia and will undergo surgery Tuesday morning.

The injury occurred midway through the second period. Stamkos was back-checking Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who had joined the rush. The two got caught up and Stamkos went skate first into the post. Medical staff assisted Stamkos after two failed attempts of getting up under his own power, unable to put pressure on that right leg. He would exit on a stretcher.

“It’s obviously tough to see him go down. Not only for our team, that’s one of the best players in the world,” said Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper following the loss. “People come to cheer on the Boston Bruins here, but they also come to see guys like Steven Stamkos play hockey.”

Stamkos, 23, is in his 5th season and has been a renowned goal scorer since breaking into the NHL in 2008, lighting the lamp 222 times, leading all players. He has never missed a game due to injury.

“This game is built on guys like that; that have tremendous skills, that are good leaders and everything else,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “It’s unfortunate that those kind of injuries happen to those players.”

GREGORY CAMPBELL IS ON THE BOARD

Bruins fourth-line center Gregory Campbell, who might know a thing or two about broken tibias, recorded his first point of the 2013-2014 season, assisting on the Daniel Paille goal in the second period. The goal came just 20 seconds after Patrice Bergeron put the Bruins up 1-0.

“The responsibility lies in us when you go out there after a goal to follow up with a good shift,” said Campbell about following the Bergeron goal. “It doesn’t have to be necessarily a goal but it definitely has to be a momentum shift for our team and to continue that.”

Campbell’s assist came when he broke the puck out from the defensive zone along the boards, springing Paille, who beat Lindback on a 2 on 1 rush with a backhand shot.

The point was Campbell’s first since he suffered a broken tibia in the playoffs last season.

“My responsibility is to work hard at it every day and get back to the player I know I am and it’s coming,” he said of his slow return to form. “It’s got to be small steps, and I have to be patient too, but I’m working hard at it.”

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY

To honor those that serve in United States Armed Forces on Veteran’s Day, Bruins Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torrey Krug, and Dennis Seidenberg each donated $2,500 worth of tickets to local military members and their families.

Honorary guest Paul Monti, father of fallen soldier and hero Jared Monti, participated in the ceremonial puck drop before the game.

The Bruins sported camouflage uniform tops in their pre-game warmups before switching over to their normal all-black alternates for the game.

The Bruins are back in action Thursday Nov. 14th against the Columbus Blue Jackets @ TD Garden at 7pm. Stay tuned to The Suffolk Voice for live updates.

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