Your Boston Bruins are hanging in there. Coming off a couple of home blowouts, the Bs headed out for a 3 game road trip against decent/good teams and came away with a 3-0 record thanks to a 4-3 shootout win over the Lightning.
The 3-0 record was primarily thanks to Tuukka Rask, who has had a mere .957 save percentage over his last 4 games. Certainly his play in the 1st against Florida was likely the difference, and while Tampa got to him a bit last night, he did enough to keep his team in the game.
The Bs had probably their best period of the season in the 1st, jumping out to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Brandon Carlo and Ryan Spooner on the PP. Tampa cut it to 2-1, the Bs got the goal back but Tampa tied it in the 3rd on a questionable tip from Tyler Johnson.
Then, the shootout. Which went on …. and on …. and on, until:
That’s right, JIMMY HAYES with the game winner:
Now look, one shootout winner does not get Hayes out of the doghouse just yet. Nor does it justify the fact he was still in the lineup despite his performance to date. You have to think he would have been scratched somewhere along the line if David Backes had been healthy, so it will be interesting to see what happens when Backes returns, perhaps Saturday. Ah, who am I kidding, he’s in, we all know this.
Some other things of note from last night:
1. Yea, trade Brandon Carlo. I dare you.
2. Sean Kuraly did more with his ice time in one night than Matt Beleskey has done all season.
3. You know, for all their flaws, I like this team. They don’t quit, they hang around and do just enough to win. And if they can get healthy, and Rask can maintain his level of play, it should be a fun season. And you can also see that they’re going to be really good in a couple of years with all the young talent they have.
Next up: Saturday against the Rangers at the Garden.