Haggerty's Bruins-Jets preview: Stay on the gas

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Haggerty's Bruins-Jets preview: Stay on the gas

For the Bruins, it will be about keeping the foot on the gaspedal as they prepare for an afternoon matinee on Martin Luther King Dayagainst the Winnipeg Jets, who are coming off a loss in their home opener.
TheJets are expected to once again be a fringe playoff team in the EasternConference this season, so it would be natural to think the Bruins might nothave the same kind of opening night adrenaline they had against the Rangers. If mental mistakes and aching bodies were going to begin tohave a negative effect, Mondays setting against Winnipeg at home would be the timeit to rear its ugly head. The Bruins are mindful of any lulls in their game aftergenerally struggling in day games over the last few seasons. Youve just gotto do your job and worry about preparing yourself, said Johnny Boychuk. Itwas a good first game against the Rangers, but you need to be ready to workhard to get that second win.Theres littledoubt former Bruins players Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart will also continue toput their best foot forward against the team that dealt them away for RichPeverley in the midst of a Stanley Cup run. That will be part of the backdropfor a game that should start to look, feel and sound like business as usual aseverybody begins to get used to the NHL being back. One thing werefocusing on is consistency, said Daniel Paille. With last year not making theplayoffs and opening up with a home loss, Winnipegis definitely going to be ready. Wheeler and Stuart have been very goodover there and they usually have a lot of adrenaline for us. We need to beready for that and not take it too lightly.PLAYER NEEDING HIS TIRES PUMPED: Old friend Blake Wheelerentered this season with high expectations as a budding power forward in Winnipeg, but he didntmaterialize in the Jets loss to the Senators on opening night. The 26-year-oldfinished with 17 goals and a career-high 64 points for the Jets last season,and he was looking to build on that this season. Instead Wheeler logged 17:34 ofice time and finished with just one shot on net along with a minus-2 as hisline couldnt keep the puck out of the back of the net. In general, the entireJets team should be playing with a burr under their saddle after losing a 4-1decision to Ottawain front of their home fans on Saturday afternoon. DRESSING ROOM MANTRA HEADED INTO THE GAME: Just being backwas so nice. I think its going to be pretty easy to keep it going. We havesuch a good team and our fans are great. Especially at home its nice. Id playagain today if I could because we had so much fun. Nathan Horton, who shouldbe ready to go Monday afternoon against the Jets if hes ready to play everyday. KEY MATCHUP: The Ottawa Senators were able to strike out anddo damage against the Blake WheelerBryan LittleAndrew Ladd on Saturday nightwith a couple of goals against them, and it should be interesting to see howClaude Julien exploits that with the last change at TD Garden. With that inmind dont be surprised if the Bruins coach throws Tyler Seguin, PatriceBergeron and Brad Marchand out against that trio to neutralize them defensivelyand exploit any shortcomings in the defensive zone. STAT TO WATCH: 10. That's the number of consecutive home victorieson TD Garden ice that the Bruins hold over the WinnipegAtlanta franchise thatdates back to Dec. 31, 2007. INJURIES: Dennis Seidenberg will miss today's game with a lower-body injury. Also, Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) is expectedto miss the season and be placed on long term injured reserve. GOALTENDING MATCH-UP: Tuukka Rask will follow up on hissolid 20-save season debut against the Rangers with the matinee game againstthe Jets. With a schedule that tapers off slightly at the beginning ofFebruary, it makes sense for the Bruins to ride Rask in the early going as theylook for a good start to the season. But its also slightly surprising thatthey didnt want to work Anton Khudobin into a Monday afternoon matinee thatsusually tailored for a backup goaltender. For the Jets Ondrej Pavelec isexpected to man the pipes after giving up four goals to the Ottawa Senators inSaturday nights opening loss.

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.