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Bruins Solve Defensive Problems, Shutout the Maple Leafs

February 2nd, 2013 at 10:58 PM
By Tim ODonnell

The Bruins clearly got the message. After a dreadfully awful defensive performance against Buffalo, the Bruins responded in the best possible way: with a shutout. Tuukka Rask stopped all 21 Toronto shots and Chris Bourque scored his first goal with the Bruins in the 1-0 win.

Bourque, who had been scratched last game, got the Bruins on the board midway through the first. He tapped in a beautiful backhand feed from Chris Kelly. It was the first time all the season that the trio of Bourque, Kelly, and Rich Peverley had looked in sync. While it was the only the goal from that line, and every other line, it is an encouraging sign that they are starting to click with the Bruins starting to lose players to injuries.

Rask was not challenged much during the game, but when he was called upon to make saves, he was there. The only time the Maple Leafs were really threatening was the third period when they increased the effort to try and tie the game. But Rask, and the rest of the defenders, were there to fend off the attacks. The Bruins blocked 19 shots as a a team.

This game was big for the Bruins. They needed to come out and get a god result, especially on the defensive end, after the debacle against the Sabres. And that's exactly what they did. The Bruins played their first really solid defensive game since opening night. They need to keep playing like this going forward.

There was one scary moment for the Bruins midway through the second period. Brad Marchand crashed hard into the boards behind the goal and was down for a few moments before slowly making his way to bench, obviously in lots of pain. While he was able to play a few shifts after that, Marchand did not return to the bench to start the third period. If Marchand ends up missing some time, he'll be the third Bruins forward lost in the last two games. Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille both missed tonight's game due to injuries suffered against Buffalo.

The Bruins have a few days off before their first meeting with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Chris Bourque, Chris Kelly, Hockey, Maple Leafs, NHL, Rich Peverley, Tuukka Rask

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