Tuukka Rask stopped 37 of 39 New Jersey Devils shots, including a handful in the third period, as the Boston Bruins prevailed 3-2 in an inconsistent but resilient win at TD Garden.
The Devils controlled the action for most of the first period, but somehow came up empty-handed on the scoreboard. Tuukka Rask made 20 saves in the first period alone, as the Bruins got out-shot 20-9.
Boston battled back and the game opened up in the second period, as the Bruins and Devils traded goals back-and-forth. Miles Wood drew first blood for the Devils, but Riley Nash tied it 1-1 minutes later.
After Damon Severson put the Devils back up 2-1, Patrice Bergeron took advantage of a double-minor penalty on Wood to score a power play goal, his 20th of the season. Bergeron floated to some open space along the faceoff circle, where Brad Marchand found him for the one-timer:
Marchand broke through late in the second with a goal of his own, beating Cory Schneider with a nifty backhand on a 2-on-1 rush. He showed superb patience and his typically good hands on the score:
Tuukka Rask Highlights
Most of Rask’s 37 saves came in the first frame. He stopped 2017 No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier as part of a series of saves early in the contest:
In addition to his excellent first period, he made a few key saves in the third. Including Severson on this breakaway chance:
Rask is now 15-0-2 in his last 17 starts with a 1.62 GAA and .941 save percentage, including two shutouts. As a team, the Bruins are 13-0-4 in their last 17 and are on pace for 114 points in the standings.
The Bruins (28-10-8) head to Ottawa to take on the Senators on Thursday, before returning to Boston to start a three-game home stand next Tuesday, Jan. 30.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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