From the Garden: Rask Leads Bruins to Shutout Win Over Blues
TD GARDEN – The Bruins bumped their home winning streak to six games with a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night.
Even more important was the return of David Krejci to the lineup, as well as the return to form of goalie Tuukka Rask. It wasn’t all smiles at the Garden however, with defenseman Adam McQuaid leaving the game in the second period.
Here is the game broken down into pluses and minuses as well as some postgame video from the Bruins locker room.
Tuukka Rask – It hasn’t been an easy start to the season for Rask, especially after allowing four goals and eventually being pulled from a game in Toronto last week. But things change and they did so in a big way against the Blues, with Rask producing, what most of his teammates called, his best performance of the season. Rask earned his first shutout and looked confident in between the pipes, stopping all 33 of St. Louis’ shots. The shutout is the 24th of Rask’s career and moves him seventh all-time for a Boston goalie.
Matt Fraser – Fraser got hosed a bit in this game, having what head coach Claude Julien thought was a good goal waived off. Even without the goal, Fraser was a plus-1 on the night and was the catalyst for Patrice Bergeron’s unassisted goal. Fraser’s forecheck on Ian Cole forced him to make a weak outlet pass that eventually was intercepted by Bergeron, who immediately found a wide open net.
Matt Bartkowski – With Kevan Miller out again, Matt Bartkowski was slotted into his role and was arguably the Bruins best player on the ice, outside of Tuukka Rask. He was a plus-2 on the night, assisting on Torey Krug’s goal in the second, but also had a huge impact on the other side of the ice. Bartkowski was quick on his feet, breaking up rushes without drawing penalties. After the game, Julien praised Bartkowski’s effort. Even if Miller’s returns soon, Bartkowski may have carved out some more playing time for himself.
Adam McQuaid – He’s really only a minus because he went down with a right arm injury in the second period and never returned. This marks the fifth different Bruins defensemen to go down in the last 20 games. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious. After the game, Julien did not have an update to his condition.
Kevan Miller – Again, it’s the injury bug plaguing the Bruins D pairings. It looked up until puck drop that Miller could go. He went through warmups, but was a scratch for the game. Julien said that he just needs more practice time to get his conditioning back. Miller will want to get back on the ice soon, especially if Bartkowski expands on his positive game on Tuesday.