Bruins Stumble into All-Star Break with Loss of Rask, Defeated by Rangers
Boston, MA - It would be safe to say that there are many NHL teams in better shape than the Boston Bruins going into hockey's All-Star game break. After Boston's 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues, their game against the New York Rangers was primed to be a celebratory win that could have seen goalie Tuukka Rask break the record for the most wins in Bruins history and the Bruins pull to second place in the Atlantic Division. Instead, things did not necessarily go according to plan.
The Bruins fell to the Rangers by a score of 3-2 to remain at fifty-nine points in the standings, one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs, at a record of 27-17-5. Boston's first goal came thanks to Danton Heinen late in the first period. They did not score again until Brad Marchand netted a goal, as assisted by David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron. Ultimately, however, the Rangers were too much for Boston.
This was a competition where matters were certainly not helped by the fact that Tuukka Rask went down with a concussion during the game and did not return. Not only did he not break the record for wins by a Bruins goalie, but he could not even finish the game. It was a scary moment for the Bruins, but Rask's agent said the goalie is currently day-to-day. A silver lining for the situation is that Boston does have one of the most capable goalie back-ups in the league, Jaroslav Halak. Additionally, Boston will not play again until January 29 against the Winnipeg Jets, giving Rask more of a cushion to recovery than he might otherwise have had.
The Bruins are off for so long because of the All-Star event held by the NHL. However, there are not many Bruins represented at the festivities. In fact, the only one is Pastrnak, making his first All-Star appearance, as he has recorded fifty-six points on the season, with the support of twenty-seven goals!