Boston, MA - With a depleted roster due to a plethora of injuries, the Boston Bruins did not manage to hang tough over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Monday night's game, but this was to be expected. The Maple Leafs, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Buffalo Sabres, have been the stalwarts of the Atlantic Division all season and the Bruins couldn't upset the Leafs and, instead, fell by a score of 4-2. In the loss, they also witnessed a throat injury to Kevan Miller after he was hit by a puck and they will now be without one of their top defensemen for the next five weeks.
Despite the mounting additions to the pile of injuries suffered by the Bruins, including Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Charlie McAvoy, three of their best players, the Bruins are hanging around in ways that will benefit them towards the end of the season, when they will likely not have to play as much catch up.
One of these crucial victories came against the New York Islanders last night when the Bruins put Tuukka Rask in net for the latest installment of Boston's goalie platoon narrative between Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Rask shone throughout the game, though, as he made twenty-eight saves and only allowed one goal.
Unfortunately, it took the entirety of regulation and overtime and Boston's offense still could not get the wheels in motion as a second period power play goal from Brad Marchand, which was assisted by David Pastrnak and Torey Krug, was the only answer that the Bruins had for New York's quick first period goal from Anders Lee. This play was good for Marchand's seventh goal of the season, while Lee notched his eighth.
After no goals were scored in overtime, the Bruins and Islanders moved into a shootout where the score was finally settled by Ryan Donato, who hooked the puck past the Islanders' Robin Lehner to secure the Bruins a 2-1 victory that advanced them to 14-7-4. They will be back in action again tomorrow night against the Detroit Red Wings.