Tuukka Rask

5 things we learned: Tuukka Rask stays hot, Matt Beleskey continues to score in win

DJ Bean
February 26, 2016 - 4:41 pm
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Back before the go-to goaltending concern was whether Tuukka Rask was going to have to play every game, the biggest one was making sure Boston's goaltender -- whether that happened to be Tim Thomas or Rask -- would turn it on down the stretch. If the last five games are any indication, the B's are getting good news in that regard. In stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced in a 4-1 win over the Hurricanes Friday, Tuukka Rask has a .951 save percentage in his last five starts. The Bruins have gone 4-1-0 in that span. The Bruins have one more game prior to Monday's trade deadline, as they'll host the Lightning Sunday at TD Garden. Both the Bruins and the Bolts have 74 points on the season, though Boston has played 62 games to Tampa's 61. Here are four more things we learned Friday: BELESKEY STAYS HOT, MATCHES CAREER-HIGH With another two-goal game -- his second in his last three games -- Matt Beleskey tied his career-high in points with 32. Beleskey put up 32 points a season ago in 65 games for the Ducks and has done so in 60 games this season. The third-line left wing is currently enjoying his best offensive stretch as a Bruin. He has six points (five goals and an assist) over his last four games. The 27-year-old is on pace to finish the season with 43 points. PLAYING POSSESSED Until the Hurricanes got some chances against them late in the second period, Patrice Bergeron'€™s line dominated play over the opening 40 minutes. The trio was on the ice for 13 shots for and three shots against over the first two periods, with Bergeron leading all players with an 84.21 Corsi For percentage in the opening 40. He and Brad Marchand finished the game tied with a game-best 74.07 mark. One of those shot attempts went in off Bergeron'€™s stick, as Brett Connolly'€™s pressure forced a turnover that made its way to Bergeron, who beat Cam Ward for the game'€™s first goal. With the goal, Bergeron moved into a tie with Loui Eriksson for second on the team with 23 goals this season.  POWER OUTAGE After not having a power play in Wednesday'€™s win over the Penguins, the B'€™s had just one man advantage Friday, which was earned on a Ron Hainsey tripping penalty. Riley Nash tripped up Ryan Spooner during that power play, but Spooner was called for a shaky embellishment call. MARCHAND EMPTIES THE TANK Marchand put the game away with an empty netter after Bergeron sent the puck up to him in the final minute of the game with the goalie pulled. Marchand fended off a defender as he made it to center ice before wresting the puck in for his 32nd goal of the season. After the goal, Marchand seemingly realized that he could have sent the puck back to Beleskey, who the B'€™s had put on the ice to get the hat trick. Either way, the goal put Marchand eight goals away from his first 40-goal season with 20 games to play. His season-long scoring pace has him in line to get to 43.

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