Despite being outshot 34-29, the Boston Bruins defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Monday night and extended their current win streak to nine games.
The Bruins were able to hold the Wild to just a single goal due in large part to a 33 save effort from Tuukka Rask. While he was able to stop many of the shots he faced, it wasn’t an easy night for the netminder.
Rask expressed a bit of concern regarding Boston’s play during this win streak: “Yeah, it’s good that we get those wins but I don’t think that we’ve played our best hockey all of these games. Giving up those breakaways, stuff like that. But for the most part I think we’re playing pretty good.”
Rask had to stop a few breakaway chances and clean up after some defensive breakdowns from the B’s. However, the Bruins have still been finding ways to win. Key contributions from various forwards have played a large role in the ongoing streak.
One player that has stood out for Boston has been Jarome Iginla. The veteran forward added two goals tonight, and has scored 11 points (8g, 3a) during the Bruins nine game win streak.
Head Coach Claude Julien expressed what Iggy has meant to the team this year: “Well, we lose a guy we thought was going to be back with us when we talk about [Nathan] Horton last year. That was a big hole to fill. He’s come in there and filled that hole really well.”
The key to the Bruins continued success on offense has been getting contributions from every skater. Bruins forward Reilly Smith notched his first goal in 16 games tonight. For a player who had gotten used to scoring quite often this season, it can be tough to get out of that slump.
“Personally, it was a little tough not scoring for that many games but the biggest thing I try to do is just stay positive and not get too down on myself because the chances are still coming” said Smith. The 22-year-old certainly knows what it takes for a team to win, and he likes what he’s seen from his fellow teammates during this stretch: “It’s good to see our whole team going and I think we’re playing really good hockey right now and the biggest thing is to keep the momentum going.”
The Bruins will look to continue their winning ways tomorrow night when they travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils.
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