The Boston Bruins, depleted roster and all, took on the Los Angeles Kings for the first of two meetings this season on Tuesday night. The B’s knocked off the Kings by a score of 3-0.
Tuukka Rask made the start in goal for the Bruins in this game. He relieved Tim Thomas in goal during Saturday night’s game against Columbus. Rask opposed Jonathan Quick, who was making his 24th appearance of the season for Los Angeles. Rask stopped all 41 shots he faced en route to his ninth career shutout.
Zdeno Chara (knee) and Gregory Campbell (foot) did not play in this game due to injuries. Chara is listed as day-to-day where the status of Campbell is unknown. Zach Hamill was called up from Providence to center the fourth line and Steven Kampfer replaced Chara on defense. Daniel Paille made his return to the line-up after missing Saturday’s game with a mild concussion.
At 6:32 of the first period, Rich Peverley put the Bruins on the board first by scoring his fifth goal of the season. Zach Hamill and Benoit Pouliot had the assists. The B’s put heavy pressure on the Kings early, forcing them to play very unorganized and sloppy. The early pressure is what led to the goal.
In the second period, Los Angeles picked up their game as they were able to put some pucks on net. The Bruins defense held strong when they had to kill off a five-on-three power play towards the end of the period. Rask made the key saves that kept the momentum on Boston’s side.
At 7:43, Brad Marchand scored his 10th goal of the season with an assist by Patrice Bergeron. Marchand buried a one-time shot immediately after Bergeron won the face-off cleanly back to him. Aside from the goal, the Kings controlled most of the puck.
Bergeron and Marchand would hook up yet again at 5:35 of the third period to produce the third Bruins goal of the game. Both players finished the game with two points each. The Kings continued to put more pressure on Rask and the B’s defense but they did not play consistent enough the entire game to have a chance in this one.
The Bruins next game will be on the road Wednesday night when they take on the Ottawa Senators.
Gold Star: Tuukka Rask (41 saves on 41 shots, first shutout of season).
Black Star: Tyler Seguin…His fellow linemen of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand had a great night, but the kid did not even show up. He was not involved with the offense in any way.