Bruins Finish Homestand with Shutout against Wild and Loss to Capitals
Boston, Massachusetts - The Boston Bruins may be sixteen points behind the first place Tampa Bay Lightning still, but they did manage to maintain their narrow deficit behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and their slim advantage over the Buffalo Sabres for third place in the Atlantic Division. Things are looking up even further now for Boston who have never had as surefire of a rebound game as they have tonight versus the Maple Leafs on the road. It could be a great way to inch closer to second place in the division with momentum on their side and ace defense man Charlie McAvoy finally returning to the team after being sidelined with an injury.
The Bruins will bid farewell to Rick Nash, though. Nash was traded to the Bruins last season and, with the team, he recorded eleven total points, including the post-season. He announced his retirement yesterday due to extenuating circumstances from his concussion. While the Bruins will undoubtedly wish Nash well in his retirement, their focus will be on a big match with the Maple Leafs that could be pivotal towards the outcome of the impending post-season.
Regardless, the recent Boston homestand did allow for Boston to find their record resting at 25-15-4. The game against the Minnesota Wild was a much more enjoyable game for Boston fans as Tuukka Rask was absolutely lights out in goal, saving all twenty-four of the shots that came his way.
As for the offensive effort, Boston did most of their scoring in the first period as Danton Heinen, Brad Marchand, and Jake DeBrusk each slapped the puck into the net. DeBrusk's goal came on a power play, which was also how Patrice Bergeron scored in the second period to bring the final score to 4-0.
Against the Washington Capitals, Boston did falter by a score of 4-2 with Washington pulling away late in the game with Jaroslav Halak allowing three of the goals in the game. Boston's scoring efforts came from Ryan Donato and David Krejci.
But the past is the past and the Bruins have a chance at a big win tonight!