Bruins String Together Two Marvelous Match-Ups v. Toronto & L.V.
Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins have bounced back in an exceptionally impressive way from their 8-5 drubbing from the Vancouver Canucks by winning back-to-back games in a decisive manner. First, the Bruins returned to the ice with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs and a subsequent prevailing over the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 4-1.
With these victories, the Bruins advanced their record to 9-5-2 and allowed them to pull even in the Atlantic Division with the Maple Leafs for second place behind the ever-dominant Tampa Bay Lightning. (Despite their stellar records, the Bruins and the Maple Leafs are still three points behind the Lightning.)
With Tuukka Rask sidelined due to a private matter, the Bruins' emerging goalie, Jaroslav Halak, was able to take center stage and he shone brightly after a lackluster showing against the Canucks, in which he surrendered five goals to one of the upstart teams in the West. But against the Maple Leafs, one of the strongest East contenders, and the Golden Knights, last year's Stanley Cup runners-up, Halak surrendered just two goals and made seventy-seven saves in the two tough challenges combined.
Halak was nothing short of sensational in his two games this weekend that allowed him to show why the Bruins might just be better off with him protecting the defense in the net for each game. His showing of saving over twenty shots in just one period against the Maple Leafs stands out as one of the landmark moments of Halak's rise to prominence.
In addition to Boston's newfound stellar goal tending, they also showed what they are capable of achieving on the offensive end. David Pastrnak continued to cement his status as one of the NHL's top wingers this year as he netted four goals during the games against Toronto and Vegas, including a hat trick versus the former. Brad Marchand made an exceptional play of his own when he nailed a backhanded goal against Vegas.
The Bruins continue to grow ever stronger and they will show what else they are capable of next on Wednesday when they take on the Colorado Avalanche.