NEW YORK, NY - Tuukka Rask's night out in New York City started with three quick stops in the first two minutes, and ended with 43 saves on 44 shots in the Bruins' 2-1 win over the New York Rangers.
It was a grind for the group in front of him, on their heels for much of the game, and playing with just five defensemen for the final 58 minutes.
Dennis Seidenberg had left after just one shift at Madison Square Garden, and did not return with a lower body injury.
"They came at us hard and Tuukka stood tall for us early," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, who gave Rask the back-to-back nod, his second of the season.
While the Bruins grinded out most of the night in their own zone, Rask made his brink job look effortless.
"We were able to hang on but a lot of credit goes to Tuukka," said Julien.
"He just felt it tonight. I thought he was poised, he was square to all the pucks. I don’t know that he made a lot of things look real complicated, but there was a lot of pucks thrown at the net, deflections and pucks going everywhere."
NEW YORK, NY - No player likes to sit out. Ever. Whether a veteran, or a young player trying to carve himself a full-time role.
It happens on every team. We've seen it throughout the start to the Bruins' season, first with the defensemen rotating, then with Matt Bartkowski as a healthy scratch before stepping in with Adam McQuaid's lower-body injury.
Jordan Caron has been the 13th forward for the B's for most of 2013-14, sitting out eight straight games from October 13 to November 15, before getting into game action on Monday in Raleigh.
"He’s been working hard in practice and, and I think it was important to get him back in our lineup," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien had said, on the decision to play the winger.
NEW YORK, NY - The Bruins are back at it Tuesday night in New York City, following their 4-1 win in Carolina on Monday.
The team convened at Madison Square Garden for off-ice work and and optional pregame skate, prepping to end their three-game road swing on a high note.
So, is there any consideration for him to get the call tonight?
"That’s asking which goalie’s in so, there’s some consideration," remarked Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien (with a slight smirk), who doesn't always confirm his starter, especially on a back-to-back. "Whether it happens or not, I’m not sure."
RALEIGH, NC - For the second straight game, the Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on the road against Carolina on Monday night.
This time, they closed it out.
Goals from Reilly Smith, Carl Soderberg started the early scoring, before Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic capped off the 4-1 win with a pair of third period tallies. The victory sends them into New York City having won five of their past six games.
"The third period was about putting the final nail in the coffin," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien following the win. "We had to come out and play a real strong third period that we hadn’t done in a long time, and I thought our guys did that."
The Black & Gold now have a 100-6-6 record since the 2010-11 season in games which they have held a two-goal lead.
"Right to the end. We didn’t want to give them some life. No matter what, they’re a good team that can come back and they’re pretty explosive when you give them that opportunity so we didn’t want to do that."
RALEIGH, NC - After two days off from game action, it appears that a rested Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes on Monday night in Raleigh against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The goaltender was first off the ice at pregame skate, as Boston prepped for a bounce-back outing, coming off their 4-2 loss to the Senators in Ottawa on Friday. Tonight also marks the first game of a road back-to-back that sees the B's face the Rangers Tuesday night in New York City.
Rask didn't think his performance was up to par in the loss to the Sens, when the B's squandered a third period lead and allowed three straight goals. He ended the night with 27 saves on 31 shots.
In backup goaltender Chad Johnson's last outing, he earned a 3-2 overtime win against Columbus at TD Garden, helping the Black & Gold survive a third period of lapses and odd-man rushes. He looked more confident and made big-time saves.
RALEIGH, NC - The Bruins have been a predominantly strong road team - keeping their play simple, consistent and sharp. But after winning four straight on the road to start the season, they've dropped their last three games away from TD Garden.
They'll look to snap that on Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, before closing out the road swing with the Rangers in New York on Tuesday.
"It's a matter of establishing yourself on the road. I thought we had a good start this year on the road and we won the first four, and we've slipped since then, so we need to kind of pick up our game here on the road," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "And it's not going to get any easier; it's only going to get tougher. So we need some quality play from our hockey club."
A Sunday practice at PNC Arena following an off day helped shake off their third period from the 4-2 loss to Ottawa on Friday night.
OTTAWA, ON - The Bruins had control. Halfway through the first period at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night, they had a 2-0 lead off goals from Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand, and Matt Barktowski had himself the first multi-point game of his NHL career with a pair of assists.
It was trending in the direction of the Spoked-B's 11th straight win in Ottawa, with not too much for those clad in red to roar about.
But four straight tallies from the Senators, including a three-goal third period, handed the B's their first regulation loss in six games and snapped their four game winning streak.
So, did Head Coach Claude Julien see an ending like that coming?
"Not really. I liked our first period and we came out the way we wanted to come out," he said postgame. The Bruins started the game outshooting the Senators 11-3 at one point before finishing the first with 13 shots to their 6 and a 2-1 lead.
"It was important to have a great start, and we did."
"Our first part of the second period was still okay; I thought we were in control of the game. But progressively they got better and progressively, we got worse. And you could see that in the third period, we fell apart."
BOSTON, MA - Call off the search party.
With all of the talk around the Boston Bruins trying to "find their game" heading into a five-game homestand at TD Garden, it appears that the comforts of home have helped the cause.
The Bruins picked up nine of a possible 10 points and have won four straight heading on a three-game road swing that begins in Ottawa on Friday night.
And if the Black & Gold are finding their game, it usually means their finding ways to win.
This time, it was Milan Lucic giving the Boston faithful a worthy sendoff with his first-ever overtime goal as a Bruin that powered his team to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
"I think when you look at the record, it’s what you wanted," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said of his club that improved to 12-5-1 on the season and 4-0-1 in their last five games.
BOSTON, MA - With the Bruins preparing for a back-to-back stretch against Columbus at home tonight and then on the road in Ottawa on Friday night, it's expected that Chad Johnson will get the start in goal tonight for Boston.
It would be his third game in the spoked-B and his first at home in the confines of TD Garden.
His first outing was a 5-2 win in Buffalo, with his most recent start coming 12 days ago on November 2 on Long Island. The B's lost that one, 3-1, in probably their worst loss of the season, and made sure to point to their effort in front of Johnson as the reasoning. Their all-around game never surfaced.
Despite only having played two of Boston's 17 games, Johnson keeps himself as fresh as possible.
"You see him every day, he comes out and is going to stay out there after practice and take some extra shots and try and stay sharp and that’s what Chad has done for us," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following the team's pregame skate.
WILMINGTON, MA - When the Bruins hit the ice for practice Wednesday morning at their practice facility, Ristuccia Arena, Adam McQuaid was the only Bruin absent from the skate.
The defenseman left the game against Toronto on November 9 with an injury, and has not yet returned to skating with his teammates. He's been deemed "day-to-day" by Head Coach Claude Julien.