I mean, two points is decent, right? A shutout is okay too, I suppose. I don’t know I’m just spitballing here. Maybe Anton Khudobin would have let in even less than zero goals. We’ll never know.
The Bruins however scored twice. And that would be all they needed as Brad Marchand and Torey Krug’s tallies finished off the disinterested Dallas Stars, 2-0 at the Garden.
The win put the B’s in third place in the Atlantic for about 45 minutes before the Toronto Maple Leafs finished off the Nashville Predators, 3-1, to bump Boston back down to a wild card playoff position.
All in all, not the prettiest of games for the Bruins or Stars but a solid enough effort from the B’s got the job done. Did I mention Tuukka Rask had a shutout?
Here are some more nuggets from the game:
- Tuukka Rask has allowed 1 goal in the two games since his haters and Boston media ripped him a new one. I don’t believe “he heard what they were saying”. I think the dude jus needed a fucking break. And I do think he probably needed some treatment on his nagging injury. It is fair to question his availability in some of the big regular season games because he’s started a bad trend with his attendance. But arguing his talent? That’s stupid. The guy can play.
- Brad Marchand set a new personal career high single-season scoring mark when he banked in his 38th goal of the season off a David Backes feed. And at this rate I’m going to go ahead and say Mr. Marchand pops 40. He has to. The guy has been far too important and clutch this year after signing his monster extension with the Bruins to not be rewarded with a 40 Club entry. Do you get a members only jacket for that?
- Find me some one who hits harder, cleaner, and more often than Noel Acciari? You can’t. The guy is a wrecking ball. Which is unfortunate because the NHL will probably be two-hand touch in three years so let’s just enjoy it while we can.
- Torey Krug‘s power play goal off a gorgeous David Pastrnak feed was his 50th point of the season. Which is remarkable considering his slow start. He had just a single assist in the first 10 games of the season. Yet leading up to this week he had 34 points in the last 39 games. He’s only a point behind Byfuglien and Keith, and three behind Shattenkirk, while Herman, Karlsson, and Burns lead the way. That’s a pretty cool list to be on for an undrafted NCAA kid.
- The Dallas Stars looked like they had no interest in playing that game. None. Mailed it in. Even when the Bruins had to kill off a big 4-minute power play in the third period the Stars showed little push. They only mustered two shots on net with that crucial man advantage. I don’t know, sometimes when things are going well defensively for the B’s the game gets a little slow. A little boring. Last night the NyQuil filled Stars made that game pretty easy on Boston.
- The Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes won again to keep their stink around the Bruins noses. The New York Islanders and Florida Panthers lost. And don’t look now but the B’s are now within three of Ottawa as well. All this really means is the pressure remains steady as both the Bolts and Canes continue to be NBA Jam on fire. And with Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson set to return to the Tampa lineup Saturday hold onto your undies. This could be a wild finish again:
Speaking of Saturday, Florida will be in town for a little (1pm) afternoon delight at the Garden. Maybe the Bruins will turn this little rip their on into an official winning streak.
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