For just the second time this season, Tuukka Rask started in net for the Bruins on consecutive nights.
Luckily for Boston, he showed no sign of wear and tear tonight in Ottawa.
The Bruins’ sophomore puck-stopper had to be on top of his game while his teammates sleepwalked through the first period and a half and he finished the night with 32 saves on 34 shots to earn a 4-2 win over the Senators for his second victory in as many nights.
Rask’s last back-to-back starts was Nov 5-6, when he lost both games (one in a shootout). This time around he followed up his win over the New York Islanders with a stellar performance that kept the Sens within just one goal until Boston got its offense going.
Here’s a glance at the box score:
•Brad Marchand ran his season’s goal total to 18 with two scores. Nathan Horton and Dennis Seidenberg also scored.
•Two newcomers contributed well once the Bruins got in sync, as Chris Kelly logged 15:09 of ice time and Tomas Kaberle skated for 19:34 and was a minus-1. Kaberle was instrumental in helping the Bruins score a power-play goal late in the game even though he didn’t earn a point.
•Andrew Ference (two assists) enjoyed his first multi-point night of the year, while David Krejci added two assists.