BOSTON - Tuukka Rask stopped all 18 pucks on frame and is now tied for the league lead with four shutouts, and the Bruins defeated the Los Angeles Kings in a Sunday matinee at the TD Garden.
In a physical contest, the Bruins were able to consistently win battles and limit the Kings' ability to generate scoring chances. Los Angeles totaled a mere seven scoring chances during five on five play.
In the other crease, Peter Budaj made 29 saves. He was aggressive, challenged shooters, and controlled the crease.
The sole goal of the game was a beautiful redirection by Jimmy Hayes. His second of the season, Hayes snaps a seven game goalless drought.
Neither team was effective on the man advantage. Los Angeles mustered just two shots on goal off of four Bruins' penalties. The Black and Gold stifled the Kings with pressure, took away passing lanes and were able to build momentum from successful man down situations.
On the flip side, the Bruins were stagnant with the man advantage. The power play generated only six shots in eight minutes with an extra skater. As the game wore on, Julien started his second unit.
In addition to noting that the first power play unit needed to make better decisions with the puck, Julien praised the second unit: "I think our second unit had more of a shot mentality, and they created some opportunities. They were a little bit more intense and quick with the puck."
Even without leading goal scorer David Pastrnak, the Bruins received a complete effort from the entire bench and were able to win the battles needed to stifle the Kings defensively and gain two points.
The Islanders roll into town on Tuesday night, where the Bruins will look to build upon their strong effort from Sunday afternoon.