The Boston Bruins bounced back from a dismal showing against the Montreal Canadiens, trouncing the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Saturday afternoon. Backup goaltender Chad Johsnon once again sparkled in net as he recorded 22 saves in the shutout. The blanking marked the second of his career.
Tuukka Rask began the season starting 37 of the team’s first 46 games. With the Olympic break nearing and a long chunk of games yet to be played, coach Claude Julien has been mindful of getting his starter the rest he needs.
Johnson has started four of Boston’s last eight games, emerging victorious in each of them. He’s certainly proved to be a valuable asset in earning every minute Julien awards him.
The Bruins offense rebounded from their anemic effort this past Thursday, firing 41 shots on Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens, ulimately cumulating in four goals. David Krejci, Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug all notched scores.
Boston was far from sluggish. Hamilton has now scored in back-to-back games. Loui Eriksson and Soderberg each extended their point streaks to four games. Krug’s goal came via the power play while Krejci opened up the scoring with a power play tally of his own.
Eriksson thought he had a goal himself before it was disallowed. It was ruled to be a result of a distinct kicking motion.
The Bruins have now collected points in seven of their last eight games, giving them a total of 13 out of a possible 16.
Vancouver and Boston will face-off Tuesday night at TD Garden. The Bruins will be looking to avenge a 6-2 loss that they suffered in Vancouver back on Dec. 14 during a western Canadian swing.