The Bruins snapped their longest winless streak of the season Tuesday night in Columbus, getting their first win since March 3 with a 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets.
Rask bounces back. Tuukka Rask was the first to admit he had an off night in his last start, when he got lit up for four goals on 26 shots in the 4-1 loss at Montreal on March 8. But the Finnish netminder bounced back in a huge way Tuesday.
Rask kept his team in the game, especially late in the third period, when the Blue Jackets were buzzing for the go-ahead goal. Rask completed the great night by stopping all three Columbus shooters in the shootout.
Bruins coach Claude Julien has stuck with a "Rask for two games, Thomas for two games" rotation since Feb. 17, so if he continues to do that, Rask will get the nod at Nashville on Thursday. Rask is 5-1-0 in his last six games on the road with a 2.17 GAA, .929 save percentage and a shutout.
Krejci en fuego. With his second-period goal, David Krejci extended his six-game point streak and now has eight points over that stretch. Krejci leads the Bruins with 55 points and 45 assists.
Peverley with a beauty of a shorty. Rich Peverley had been rather quiet since being acquired from the Atlanta Thrashers on Feb. 18, with a goal and an assist in nine games with the Bruins and no points in his last four games. But on Tuesday he made some huge noise, tying the game on a beautiful short-handed rush at 13:24 of the third period. Peverley skated through seemingly the whole Blue Jackets team and took it to the net, beating Mason. It was Peverley’s 16th goal of the season.
Penalty kill comes up big. Speaking of being short-handed, the Bruins' penalty kill was amazing on Tuesday night, killing all six Columbus power plays. The PK has struggled of late, but reverted to its solid form. When the Blue Jackets did get some scoring chances, Tuukka Rask was up to the task.
Chara continues to shine in face of adversity. Since his controversial hit on Max Pacioretty, Zdeno Chara has kept his focus on the ice. With an assist on Krejci’s goal, Chara has a goal and three assists in his last three games. He is doing a great job of jumping into the play on offense and getting his shot off from the point. The Krejci goal was originally credited to Chara, who blasted one from the point, but it was later determined that Krejci tipped it in.
Kaberle saves the day in OT. This game never would have made it to a shootout if not for defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who swatted away a Blue Jackets shot that got past Rask in overtime. The puck was on the goal line when Kaberle cleared it out. Kaberle has only two assists in 11 games since being acquired from Toronto on Feb. 18, but that play enabled the Bruins to earn the extra point.
Julien finally sits Ryder. Julien has a long history with forward Michael Ryder, having coached him with two NHL teams (Montreal and Boston), in the AHL and at the junior level. Julien has always shown patience with the streaky Ryder, citing the positives he brings to the team even when he’s not scoring, such as forechecking and hustle. But apparently that patience has worn out as Julien sat Ryder, who has no goals and one assist in his last six games.
''At this stage of the season, we want accountability and that may mean a player has to step his game up,” Julien told the media after the team’s morning skate. “If things aren't going well, you have to help with something else. If you aren't scoring, then be good in your own end of the ice and do things that will help the hockey club.''
Ryder had played in all 68 games this season prior to Tuesday night.
Recchi No. 5 in games played. Congratulations to Mark Recchi, who moved into fifth place in NHL history in regular-season games played. Recchi has played in 1,640 games and needs 11 more to tie Chris Chelios for fourth overall. With his next goal, Recchi will tie Mats Sundin and Dave Andreychuk for 20th place with 564.
Kampfer, Seguin back in lineup. With Ryder sitting up top as a healthy scratch, rookie Tyler Seguin took his spot in the lineup after being a healthy scratch himself the last two games. Seguin skated on the left wing with Chris Kelly and Recchi, and scored the game-winning shootout goal.
On defense, Steven Kampfer played his first game since March 3 after missing the last four with a concussion. Kampfer was paired with Dennis Seidenberg. Here’s what the forward lines and defensive pairings looked like:
Tyler Seguin-Chris Kelly- Mark Recchi
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid
Steven Kampfer-Dennis Seidenberg