Boston Bruins: Rask growth streak continues as B’s defeat Islanders

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Tuukka Rask
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Tuukka Rask /

The Boston Bruins continued to play quality hockey versus the New York Islanders.

The Boston Bruins are finally able to maintain their winning ways. They have won 8 of their last 10 games after defeating the New York Islanders 3-1 on Saturday.

The action heated up in the second period of the game. With 13 minutes remaining, Casey Cizikas barrelled Charlie McAvoy into the boards.

Nothing dirty, a good hit by the Islander but Jake DeBrusk took exception to Cizikas going after one of the Bruins best players.

The Bruins need players to stick up for one another.

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NBC Sports Boston Bruins insider Joe Haggerty wrote about a week ago that the Bruins could use an enforcer to protect their players. It may not have been the greatest of bouts for the rookie but the effort is appreciated as he showed that the young guys will step up for each other.

DeBrusk ended up with a 10-minute misconduct for instigating the fight as well as his five minute major and an additional two-minute misconduct.

Then later on in the period with the Bruins on the powerplay Brad Marchand scored his 11th goal of the season. Torey Krug rifled a great pass to Marchand and the rest was up to the winger.

Then in the third period with DeBrusk back in the game after serving his time in the penalty box, the rookie was able to score his 6th goal of the season. It was an absolute beauty. Torey Krug added another assist as DeBrusk had a spin-o-rama snipe.

Then finally to put the game away Danton Heinen was able to score his 6th goal of the season on an empty-netter.

Rask has yet another excellent game

Oh how the times have changed. It seemed like Tuukka Rask couldn’t stop a shot early in the season.  Now he has a 4 game winning streak. Rask stopped 30 shots on the night and just looks so much better in between the pipes. Let’s look at how Rask has performed since he returned from his benching.

Not too shabby for the goaltender.

Also, Torey Krug had a great game with two assists. After some struggles it looks like Krug, as well as the team, is headed in the right direction.

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The Bruins next matchup is against the struggling Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. They should take this opportunity to try and build a little winning streak with tough matchups against the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers ahead.