5 things we learned as Bruins get shut out for first time this season

DJ Bean
December 22, 2015 - 4:34 pm
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The best offense in the Eastern Conference was shut out for the first time this season as Jake Allen blanked the Bruins in a 2-0 St. Louis win at TD Garden. The game was Boston'€™s last game before the holiday break. The Bruins mustered plenty of chances throughout the night, with Allen stopping all 32 shots he saw on the night. The St. Louis goalie'€™s biggest stops came on a first-period 2-on-1 bid from Matt Beleskey and a rebound chance in the second period from Brad Marchand.

The game remained scoreless until 7:35 the third period, when Vladimir Tarasenko beat Tuukka Rask on a breakaway for his 22nd goal of the season. Robby Fabbri followed with his seventh goal of the season just over five minutes later. "It was a good game. It was more like a playoff game tonight," Marchand said following the game. "They're a really good team. I think we did have a few good opportunities early on and even later in the game, but their goalie made some big saves and they were able to capitalize on the breakdowns that we had tonight. That's how it goes." The Bruins will now have Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off before returning to action Saturday against the Sabres at TD Garden. They hit the holiday break with a 19-10-4 record for 42 points. Here are four more things we learned Friday night: POINT STREAK ENDS AT SIX The regulation loss ended the Bruins'€™ point streak at six games, as they entered Tuesday'€™s game on a 5-0-1 run. In not securing a point, the Bruins were unable to leapfrog the Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division, a possibility that existed given that Boston trailed Montreal by one point entering a night in which both teams had games scheduled. NO POWER PLAYS FOR BRUINS For the first time this season, the Bruins went an entire game without a power play. The Bruins, entered Tuesday with the second-lowest average of power plays per game in the NHL. Prior to Tuesday, the lowest number of power plays the Bruins had been given in a game was one, a frustrating fate that occurred six times. Still, the Bruins were 5-0-1 in those contests. BUT B'€™S MAKE BIG KILL The only power play of the game came when Brett Connolly kicked Scottie Upshall'€™s feet out in the second period for a tripping minor. The game was scoreless at the time, something Boston'€™s penalty kill preserved by allowing two shots on goal during St. Louis'€™ power play. In going 1-for-1 on the penalty kill, the Bruins have now gone seven games without allowing a power play goal, killing off all 18 of their opponents'€™ power plays. RINALDO RETURNS Zac Rinaldo re-entered the lineup after missing the Bruins last three games due to an upper-body injury. Rinaldo skated on Boston'€™s fourth line with Landon Ferraro and Tyler Randell. The first-year Bruin, who has played a relatively clean game this season, threw this monster hit on Scottie Upshall in the second period.
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