The Boston Bruins bounced back from their 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday with an emotional 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on the road.
Patrice Bergeron scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout, and David Krejci notched the shootout winner in the fourth round. Meanwhile, Tuukka Rask made 38 saves for his seventh straight win and the Bruins maintained their lead in the Northeast Division by one point over Ottawa.
BERGERON PROVING HIS WORTH: To the surprise of many not only in Boston but also around the NHL, Patrice Bergeron was not voted in for the All-Star game Jan. 28 in Ottawa. Even Tyler Seguin recently told ESPNBoston.com that he couldn’t believe he was selected rather than the team's alternate captain.
“I honestly feel bad because he should really be there before me,” Seguin said on Friday. “He is the best all-around player on our team and one of the best in the NHL.”
But Bergeron doesn’t seem to care and continues to prove his worth to his team. The Bruins center -- who should also get more consideration for the Selke Trophy as the best two-way forward in the NHL -- had two goals Monday night and now has 14 this season. He also scored a game-tying goal in the shootout. Bergeron was a force all night and, as always, led by example.
RASK SOLID AGAIN: Tuukka Rask continues to look like a No. 1 goalie and probably could be just that on most NHL teams. Rask made 38 saves in regulation and then stopped three of four shots in the shootout. But his biggest save came with 15 seconds left in overtime as he stoned Kris Versteeg on a breakaway to preserve the tie and get his team into the shootout. Rask has now won seven straight starts and not lost since Dec. 6 in Winnipeg.
KREJCI SCORING STREAK ENDS: David Krejci had his scoring streak snapped at 11 games but he was still a key part of the Bruins' win as he scored the shootout winner. Krejci had 16 points during the streak and now has 33 points in 38 games.
BRUINS' DEFENSE SLOPPY: If not for Tuukka Rask, the Bruins could’ve been on the wrong side of a lopsided score. The Bruins were outshot 12-6 in the first period, but thanks to Rask were leading 1-0 after the opening frame. In the second period, they came back to outshoot the Panthers, but costly turnovers at the blue line hurt them and then they got caught napping when Shawn Matthias came out of the penalty box and broke in alone to score and tie the game at two 15:54 into the second period. The Bruins’ neutral-zone play was an issue throughout the game and they will need to tighten things up again.
PEVERLEY OUT; HAMILL IN: Bruins forward Rich Peverley returned to Boston on Monday for personal reasons and missed Monday’s game. He is likely to miss the game at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night as well. As a result, Zach Hamill was back in the lineup after sitting out the past two games as a healthy scratch. Hamill skated on the right wing with Chris Kelly at center and Jordan Caron on the left wing.