Shots on Goal: Rask backstops Bruins to Seventh Straight Win
Tuukka Rask saves 21 to extend the Boston Bruins win streak to seven with a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday night.
Rask (30-14-4) was right back in net after a 35-save effort the previous night against Montreal, but his defense slowed the tempo down considerably, allowing only 10 shots on goal through the first two periods. It wasn’t without a little excitement though as Rask denied Shane Doan on a breakaway and also had a puck get behind him on a Brandon McMillan shot, but was able to sweep it away before it crossed the goal line.
Two First period goals by Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla staked Boston to a 2-0 lead that held up till midway through the third when Lauri Korpikowski tipped an Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s shot past Rask to cut the Bruins’ lead to 2-1.
With just under four minutes to go, Phoenix made its best bid to tie the game. Antoine Vermette was on the doorstep ready to pounce when another puck slipped behind Rask in the crease. Once again, Tuukka with a little help from Karl Soderberg, was able sweep the puck away and maintain a one goal advantage for the win.
Mike Smith (24-20-10) stopped 18 of 20 for Phoenix.