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The Bruins ended this week on a high note with a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night. The previous games did not go as well as the Bruins lost to the Minnesota Wild 5-0 on Tuesday night and followed that up with another disappointing performance against the New York Rangers Wednesday night. In the game against the wild Malcom Subban got the start however he didn’t even finish the second period. With backup goaltender Anton Khudobin out for three weeks and Rask playing through an injury it will be time for the rookies to step up.
What Went Right: Very few things went well this week. The only bright spot was the return of Rask. Rask has been battling an undisclosed injury all year and this week was the first time in the young season he was forced to miss consecutive games.With Khudobin’s injury the Bruins goaltending depth becomes thin and it well be up to rookie Zane McIntrye to back up Rask. His play will be critical as with Rask hurting the Bruins may lean on the rookie more than expected. Brad Marchand continued his hot start as he recorded an assist in the Bruins game against the Rangers.
What Went Wrong: The Bruins wont look back on their games against the Wild and Rangers this week proudly. The Bruins were plagued by defensive breakdowns which was their Achilles heel last year. The young goalies also did not perform well as in the game against the Wild Subban was pulled in the second period after allowing 3 goals on 13 shots. In Subbans only NHL start last year he was also pulled in the second period due to ineffectiveness. The Bruins will also be without David Pastrnak for another game after he received a 2 game suspension due to his illegal check to the head of Dan Girardi in the Bruins game against the Rangers. So far Pastrnak has been the Bruins second best forward.
Highlight: Rask returned to the Bruins on Saturday and showed why they missed him so much as he made 24 saves en route to his 31st career shutout. If Rask can play to his potential then there will be less pressure on the Bruins D. The Bruins cant let Defensive breakdowns occur as they showed on Saturday that when focused they can be a good defensive team. How the Bruins D minimizes those defensive breakdowns will determine how far this team goes.
Written By: Jamie Gatlin