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Rask posts 33-save shutout, Bruins crush Senators

Dec 27, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

Ottawa Senators' Cory Conacher (89) and Milan Michalek (9) battle Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg (44) for the rebound off Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) AP

Tuukka Rask took the NHL lead with his fourth shutout while simultaneously earning his 20th victory of 2013-14 in the Boston Bruins’ 5-0 victory over Ottawa on Friday.

Rask turned aside 33 straight shots, including 15 in the first period.

Of course, he got plenty of support. Jarome Iginla‘s power-play goal in the second period proved to be the game winner while Reilly Smith found the back of the net twice.

Acquired in the Tyler Seguin deal, Smith now leads the Bruins with 14 goals this season. He also ranks second on the team with 30 points in 38 contests.

The Bruins have now won three straight games and have outscored their opponents 15-3 over that span. All the same, with the Tampa Bay Lightning surging and the Montreal Canadiens enjoying a strong first half of 2013-14, Boston’s spot atop the Atlantic Division is far from secure.

  1. terrier92 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Great game Bruins looked real strong after first Tuuka held fort in first them lights out God Bless the Boston Bruins and hockey

  2. itsallniceonice - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    They are only 7th in 5 on 5 goals which disappoints me.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Well considering the fact that they now have a top 10 powerplay, I’d say thats worth dancing in the streets compared to the last 4 years.

      The other thing is, there has been a marked improvement in 5 on 5 scoring over the last 10 or so games. I’m not going to check the numbers now, because I’m far too lazy, but I think its absolutely do in part to the injuries and call-ups. Spooner with Soderberg. Smith with Bergeron and Marchand. My fear is, when players like Kelly, and Thornton come back, its going to go right back down to where it was before. I’m obviously not as worried about Eriksson coming back, although I am worried where he’ll be placed. Smith has been averaging over a point a game since moving to that line.

  3. thesportsjudge - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Somehow, I don’t think this was Rask’s 4th STRAIGHT shutout.

  4. 19to77 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    19to77 – Dec 27, 2013 at 2:07 AM:
    “Turn the goaltending reins over to Lehner full-time and see how much better the record looks when your starter can consistently stop a damn puck. Compare his .926 through 18 games to Anderson’s .901 in 25. Lehner’s the better ‘tender and they could still have a decent chance of salvaging the season if they ride him a little and relegate Anderson to backup duty now. It’s not the only flaw on this team, but it’s the easiest to fix by far.”

    Welp. There goes plan A. In less than 24 hours. Don’t I look clever now.

    • joey4id - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      How do you think the Sens feel about trading Bishop to TB for Conacher? I don’t think they feel too clever.

  5. theskinsman - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Considering the players out of the lineup,I’m happy that the Bruins are playing well. If the rest of the Atlantic hasn’t been able to move them out of the top spot,I doubt it’ll get easier as they get players back.

  6. pastabelly - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Ottawa outplayed the Bruins in the first period, but Rask was brilliant. This seems like a different Ottawa team. They take more chances and get burned more frequently. That style of play could keep them out of the playoffs. I haven’t seen enough of them, but I’d be concerned if I were a Sens fan.

  7. shaundre93 - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    That was a solid game, smith looks so good with Bergeron and marchand, I don’t think you can break them up. If the bruins get healthy ( hockey gods be good) id like to see there forwards look something like this

    Lucic – Krejci – Iginla
    Marchy – Bergeron – Smith
    Soderberg – Spooner – Eriksson
    Paille – Kelly – Campbell/Thornton

    The way spooners been playing, that could be the best third line in the NHL. Crazy scoring depth. Now they just gotta get and stay healthy

    • spitfisher - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      That’s a lot of layers of offense and equal amount of defensive pairings- before you get to Rask, which is another story.

      There is something to be said about the signings that have taken place by PC and company.

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