'Case of the Mondays' for inconsistent Bruins

'Case of the Mondays' for inconsistent Bruins
November 26, 2013, 1:45 am
Share This Post

BOSTON - Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had a unique explanation for some of the inconsistency during an intense overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Bruins pulled out the 4-3 OT win courtesy of Torey Krug’s overtime game-winner, but were a little up-and-down through the 60:34 of game action against a worthy Penguins club. The Bruins were outshot 10-1 to start the game, and really eased back on the gas pedal after pushing out to an early two-goal lead in the first period based on the goals from Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith.

They also allowed a Sidney Crosby goal with 0.3 seconds remaining in the third period that Pittsburgh used to push things into overtime when Chris Kelly lost his coverage in front of the net. Kelly also had a brain cramp in the second period when he joined Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg to cover Evgeni Malkin against the side boards, and the puck eventually worked its way to a wide open James Neal in the slot.

All of it was a little frustrating even if things ended well for the Black and Gold, and they now have at least a four-point advantage over everybody else in the Eastern Conference.

“You saw the first couple of periods. It was kind of something you might expect from a Monday night game," said Rask, who made 28 saves to improve to 13-5-2. "It’s a case of the Mondays, right? You’re not fully awake, and you’re just kind of in a blur there. That’s what it felt there in the stands.

“There were people that were in it in parts. It reflects on hockey teams, too. We set the bar high for ourselves, obviously, and we know how good we can be. I think we’ve maybe touched that peak at times, but we definitely haven’t been there consistently throughout 60-minute games.”

That leaves a higher hope for Wednesday night when the Bruins will undoubtedly be much wider awake for a road tilt against the Detroit Red Wings at the historic Joe Louis Arena.