Playing without two of their premier penalty killers, the Boston Bruins got a flawless penalty kill en route to a 3-0 win over the struggling Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night in front of another sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden.
Playing without captain Zdeno Chara (knee) and center Gregory Campbell, the Bruins got a strong effort from Brad Marchand (two goals) and Zach Hamill, who was called up from Providence for his fourth NHL game of the 2011-12 season and assisted on Rich Peverley's opening goal.
That goal was the end result of beautiful puck movement from Peverley, Hamill and Benoit Pouliot that had the Kings defense standing in place.
Rich Peverley got the ball rolling for Boston in the first period and Brad Marchand added two goals to climb into a tie for second place on the team with Chris Kelly, and Tuukka Rask made a season-high 41 saves to preserve the shutout, his first of the year and the ninth of his career.
Campbell, who was out with a sore foot after blocking a shot against Columbus on Saturday, and Chara, who suffered an injured knee after taking a strange hit in the same game, had played big minutes for Boston on the penalty kill, but the Bruins had a flawless kill in their honor, going 5-for-5 on the PK, including killing off 30 seconds of 5-on-3 time in the second period and not allowing a single shot to get to Rask in that time.
Dennis Seidenber (27:05 TOI), Andrew Ference (24:42) and Johnny Boychuk (22:38) stepped up in Chara's stead to anchor the defense, which saw sophomore Steven Kampfer - who took two poor penalties - play just over ten minutes of ice time.
Seidenberg (5:20) and Boychuk (4:56) anchored the Bruins' penalty kill, with Rich Peverley (3:25) and Chris Kelly (3:41) held down the attacking roles on the kill.
Marchand's 10th and 11th goals of the season gave the Bruins (Kelly, Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic) four 10-goal scorers, good for a tie for first in the league.
Boston will look to take their