Brandon Carlo returned home to his native Colorado, Tuukka Rask posted his 33rd career shutout and David Krejci provided the game-winning goal 9:30 into the opening frame.
Boston improved to 10-6-0 on the season, dominating a slumping, injury-ridden Colorado Avalanche team Sunday night in Denver. Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 43 saves in the defeat, facing 25 more shots than his contemporary, Rask.
Krejci opened the scoring midway through the first period, firing a David Backes feed past Varlamov blocker-side. The play developed thanks to Ryan Spooner’s interception of an errant Avalanche pass in the neutral zone. Krejci has 5 points over his last 3 games, and joins Spooner with a three-game points streak.
Dominic Moore tallied an empty netter with just under 30 seconds remaining, sealing the victory for Boston.
While not tested often, Rask made a handful of key saves, including a key stop on Nathan MacKinnon in the second period. With the shutout, Rask improves to 10-1-0 with a .941 SV%. But remember, he’s definitely not good at this stopping pucks thing and shud be treade.
Boston returns to action Thursday night in Minnesota, where they look to avenge their embarrassing 5-0 loss to the Wild earlier this season.