Shots on Goal: Rask Shuts Down Lightning, 3-2
Tuukka Rask snapped his four-game losing streak Wednesday night against the high scoring Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy showed confidence in his No. 1 goaltender after dropping his previous game against Edmonton.
“We need both goaltenders to be good for us to excel as a team,” Cassidy said. “Tuukka needs his reps as well. He’s a good goalie. He made those big saves and we got him that extra goal.”
Boston came out ready to play, dominating the opening period and out shooting Tampa 19-5. Rookie D-man Charlie McAvoy and Riley Nash scored for the Bruins.
McAvoy’s third goal of the season came when he fired a slap shot from the top of the right circle that found its way through traffic in front of the net. The goal was waived off due to a goaltender interference call. Cassidy challenged the call and it was overturned. Boston lead 1-0.
Nash gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead with a nasty wrister, beating Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy high glove side.
A Torey Krug one-timer from below the right dot at 5:59 in the second period extended Boston’s lead to 3-0.
Tampa tried to mount a comeback with goals from Andrej Sustr and Steven Stamkos.
Sustr’s came midway through the second period with a blast from the right point that sailed past Rask’s glove to cut the lead to 3-1. Stamkos netted a power-play goal early in the third to bring the Lightning to within one, 3-2.
With momentum slightly swinging Tampa’s way Rask made one of those big saves his coach talked about when he stopped a Tyler Johnson shot with his mask with 1:29 remaining.
Rask (4-8-2) picked up his first win since 11/6 against Minnesota with a 19 save effort.
Vasilevskiy (16-4-1) had 33 saves on the night.