Tuukka Rask

5 things we learned: No fading as Bruins beat Red Wings at home

DJ Bean
November 14, 2015 - 4:32 pm
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The Bruins played well against a decent opponent and won at home. That may not sound like an impressive feat, but a victory like Saturday'€™s 3-1 win over the Red Wings was long overdue. There was no fast start and major letup, but rather a fairly balanced performance that saw the B'€™s control a scoreless first period before eventually breaking through with three goals in the second period. Boston'€™s defense, which has typically given opponents goals at home, was better. Detroit failed to land a shot on goal in the first six minutes of each of the first two periods. It wasn'€™t until a third-period power play that the Red Wings found the back of the net, which came in the form of a Justin Abdelkader power play goal. Tuukka Rask was strong, keeping his opponents from scoring multiple goals for just the fourth time this season. The Bruins are now 8-7-1 on the season and 2-5-1 at home. They'€™ll continue their home stand when they host the Sharks at TD Garden on Tuesday. Here are five more things we learned Saturday: RASK COMES THROUGH When teams fail to get pucks to the net the way the Red Wings did on Saturday, it'€™s easy to write off the opposing goaltender'€™s performance. While Saturday was far from Tuukka Rask'€™s most taxing outing, he did come through with a couple of impressive saves. The most notable save of the night for Rask came during a scoreless first period, when Brad Marchand wiped out in the offensive zone doing his pull-up move, resulting in the Red Wings going the other way with numbers in their favor. With Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader on a 2-on-1, Rask came across his net to rob Abdelkader to keep the game scoreless. Rask also made a nice kick save on Zetterberg following Bergeron'€™s goal in the second period and a kick save on Riley Sheahan in the third. KRUG NETS FIRST OF SEASON Brad Marchand and Torey Krug connected on an impressive second-period goal. Marchand raced through the neutral zone, coming down the right wing with only Mike Green back for Detroit. With Krug trailing, Marchand slow-played it well enough to eventually sent the puck from down low to the high slot, where Krug rifled it past Mrazek to make it a 3-0 game. The goal was Krug'€™s first of the season, a rather surprising statistic given that Krug has been one of Boston'€™s more consistent players this season. RINALDO PENALTY COSTS BRUINS Speaking of firsts, good on Mike Loftus of the Patriot Ledger for pointing out that Zac Rinaldo'€™s third-period tripping penalty was his first minor penalty of the season. Rinaldo entered Saturday with 25 penalty minutes on the season, all of which came in two games in the form of major penalties and 10-minute misconducts. The penalty ended up being costly for the B'€™s, as it led to the Red Wings getting on the board with a Justin Abdelkader power play goal. Prior to Abdelkader'€™s goal, the Bruins had killed off six straight penalties dating back to Sunday'€™s win over the Islanders. COLIN MILLER SITS, JULIEN REUNITES TOP DUO LATE After missing Friday'€™s practice, Colin Miller missed Saturday'€™s game with what Claude Julien called a lower-body injury. The game was Miller'€™s first game out of the lineup since the season opener against Winnipeg. Zach Trotman entered the lineup in place of Miller, with Joe Morrow remaining a healthy scratch for Boston. In other lineup news, Claude Julien reunited Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron midway through the third period of Saturday'€™s game. Saturday marked Boston'€™s third straight game without its usual first line of Bergeron between Marchand and Brett Connolly, as Marchand was skating on Ryan Spooner'€™s line with Jimmy Hayes.