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Recap: Tuukka Rask earns a shutout as the Bruins beat Buffalo, 2-0

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Not exactly a barn-burner, but...

Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

The Bruins got on the board in the first period tonight, as Brad Marchand collected the loose puck and beat Dustin Tokarski for his 24th goal of the season. 1-0 Bruins.

The Sabres actually had some decent push-back after the Bruins’ first goal, getting some good looks on Tuukka Rask.

Looks don’t get much better than the one Dylan Cozens had, but Rask was up to the task. Still 1-0 Bruins.

Connor Clifton doubles the Bruins’ lead, with an assist by...Dustin Tokarski? That’s not how that’s supposed to work, but hey, you’ll take it! 2-0 Bruins.

And that was it! Tuukka Rask shut the door down the stretch, making 32 saves for a shutout win.

Game notes

  • Compared to Sunday’s entertaining affair with the Capitals, this game was a bit of a snoozefest. Still, you have these games every now and then: games where things aren’t exactly humming, but you do enough to get the job done. In a playoff race, that’s what matters.
  • While his save on Cozens will get all of the accolades, Rask was sharp on a number of different occasions tonight. Mini-breakaways, odd-man rushes, deflections...you name it, he stopped it. Simply put, Rask looked completely in control.
  • Scary moment for Clifton in the third, as he was tripped headfirst into the boards. Luckily, Clifton had enough time to turn his head a bit. He stayed down for a few seconds but ultimately popped up and was OK.
  • The best part of this game? The last two minutes. The Bruins took consecutive penalties and Buffalo pulled its goalie, giving the Sabres a 6-on-3 advantage for nearly two full minutes. 6-on-3!!!! On that advantage, the Sabres took a shot off their own guy, cleared their own zone with a bad pass, missed the net, and then, when it was 6-on-4, took a too many men penalty. How do you try to ice seven guys at a time? Awesome.
  • I don’t really know what else to add. This game didn’t have a ton to it, but a win is a win, right?

Back at it against these same Sabres on Thursday night!

This time, it’s a good ol’ fashioned 7 PM start.