BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask stopped everything in sight, and Brad Marchand scored two goals in the Bruins' 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
Marchand's second was the dagger, as it came 5:35 into the third period, when he dragged a puck across the top of the crease and beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick with a backhander that just snuck under his glove.
Rask made 41 saves in his first shutout of the season.
The Bruins took a 2-0 lead into the third period, thanks to Brad Marchand's second-period snipe and Rich Peverley's first-period cycle.
Marchand put the B's up 2-0 7:43 into the second, after he quickly let one rip from the top of the left circle, following Patrice Bergeron's face-off win.
Peverley scored the first goal of the game 6:32 into the first, after going hard to the net and receiving a pass out front from Zach Hamill. Peverley started the cycle at the half-wall by dropping off a pass to Benoit Pouliot, who then sent it down the corner to Hamill.
Hamill threw a perfect pass out front to a wide-open Peverley, and put the B's up 1-0.
BRIGHTON, Mass. – He hasn’t been cleared to play just yet, but fourth line energy guy Noel Acciari is closing in on a return to the Bruins lineup.
Acciari joined in for a Bruins morning skate for the first time in 14 games at the end of last week, and practiced with the team again Monday for a morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. The 25-year-old has missed almost exactly a month with a lower body injury, and said he can thankfully now see the light at the end of the injury tunnel for a healthy return to the B’s lineup.
“It was getting lonely with all the guys on the road, and with me just skating with Frankie [Vatrano] and Zee [Chara],” said Acciari. “It’s great to be back out there with the guys, and it’s good to be back. Each skate I feel a lot better out there and just trying to get my conditioning back. Just being back with the guys is a great feeling, and it’s a big help.”
The fourth line has been okay in Acciari’s absence, but it seemed to be lacking the same kind of energy and hard edge the Providence College standout provided when he was healthy. That was part of what led the B’s to call up the similarly rugged Anton Blidh from Providence at the end of last week, and could provide some interesting energy line options when Acciari is ready to return.
“I’ve played with [Blidh] before, I’m used to him and I know what he brings to the table just like he knows what I can do,” said Acciari. “So it would work out well [if we played together] I think.”
Acciari has two assists and a plus-1 rating along with four penalty minutes while averaging 10:01 of ice time in 12 games this season, and proved to be very good at unnerving opponents simply by playing all-out all the time.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.
*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.
*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?
*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.
*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.
*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.
*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.
*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.