Bruins shut out Habs for ninth straight win

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Bruins shut out Habs for ninth straight win

MONTREAL The Bruins didnt flash a big number on the scoreboard or beat the Canadiens into submission with their bloody fists, but they did beat the Habs at their own game.

The Bruins played solid lockdown defense, Tim Thomas put together his second straight shutout performance, and the Bruins gained a measure of revenge on the Habs with a 1-0 victory over Montreal at the Bell Centre. The victory makes it nine wins in a row for the Bruins, and gives them their longest winning streak since a 10-game roll from December 12, 2008 January 1, 2009.

The only goal arrived in the first period when Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley engaged in some pretty sweet interior passing, and Peverley found Andrew Ference all alone trailing the play. Ference snapped a shot into the top corner of the net as Carey Price moved from left to right. The goal marked the second straight game Ference has scored a goal. It's the first time in his career he's scored in two straight games.

It was a battle for the Bruins, however. The Habs outshot the Bs by a 32-18 margin throughout the game, and had six minutes of power play time in the second and third periods when Benoit Pouliot decided to start acting like the player that inspired chump comments during last years playoffs. Pouliot took a hooking call in the offensive zone during the second period, and then hooked P.K. Subban on his very next shift with a high stick that drew blood to earn four more minutes in the sin bin.

The Bruins were able to kill off Pouliots penalties, however, and Thomas was a certified brick wall while turning away every shot over the final 20 minutes.

Bruins score early, Rask holds strong in 4-1 win over Predators

Bruins score early, Rask holds strong in 4-1 win over Predators

BOSTON – The Bruins needed to follow up last weekend’s win over the Islanders if they truly wanted it to be a turning point, and they followed up in victorious fashion on Tuesday night.

The Bruins scored a pair of goals early and then hung on for dear life behind a strong return effort from Tuukka Rask in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden. Rask stopped 24-of-25 shots for his 34th win of the season and looked both rested and recharged after taking last weekend off from on-ice action.

The win gives the Bruins two in a row, and improves their record under Bruce Cassidy at the Garden to a dominant 8-3 in 11 games.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring just a couple of minutes into the game when he knocked home the rebound of a Zdeno Chara point blast from long distance, and scored his 18th goal of the season. Boston’s other frontline center, David Krejci, scored 10 minutes later after taking a slick entry pass from David Pastrnak and beating Pekka Rinne five-hole.

Rask made 15 saves in the first two periods including an excellent stop on Viktor Arvidsson following a David Backes turnover on the half-wall in the second period, but the Preds finally busted through in the final period. Craig Smith tipped home a Roman Josi point shot that squeezed through Rask’s leg pads, and both Rask and the Bruins scrambled and scrapped their way through while clinging to a one-goal advantage late in the game.

A 3-on-1 odd-man rush late in the game led to Riley Nash feeding Rhode Island native Noel Acciari for his first career NHL goal in his 43rd game with the Black and Gold. 

Bruins recall McIntyre on emergency basis, but perhaps not for Rask

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Bruins recall McIntyre on emergency basis, but perhaps not for Rask

UPDATE: The Boston Herald reports McIntyre is with the team as a replacement for Anton Khudobin, who is said to be suffering from a minor injury, and not Tuukka Rask, and that Rask will start as scheduled against Nashville.

BOSTON -- Even though he's been proclaiming himself healthy and able for the last two days, Tuukka Rask may not be as ready to go as everybody thought.

The Bruins announced a couple of hours prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Nashville Predators that rookie goalie Zane McIntyre had been recalled on an emergency basis. He spent the weekend with the team in the same capacity, filling in for Rask while Rask battled a lower body injury.

So the logical assumption is that something has recurred that will prevent Rask -- who on Tuesday night told interim coach Bruce Cassidy he was ready -- from playing tonight.

Rask is 8-8 with a 2.91 goals against average and an .892 save percentage since the NHL All-Star break, and gave up five goals in a loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. He missed Saturday's big game vs. the Islanders with a lower body issue that just “popped up.”

We’ll find out for sure during pregame warm-ups, but the only way an emergency recall can be made is if a player is injured or suffering from an illness. Anton Khudobin looked fit as a fiddle while practicing with the Bruins on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, so stay tuned for the latest.