Boston Bruins: Tuukka Rask dominance turns tone on St. Louis Blues

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 05: Tuukka Rask
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 05: Tuukka Rask /

After the end of their amazing points streak, the Boston Bruins got back on track on Thursday night.

Thursday night was a prime example of how the Boston Bruins should play night in and night out. Unlike their last game, the Bruins came out firing and had a complete effort defeating the St.Louis Blues 3-1.

Rask dominates Blues

Even though the Bruins point streak ended, one streak is still chugging along.

Tuukka Rask

is playing between the pipes in a phenomenal fashion. On Thursday night he made 32 saves including an amazing glove save on a great backhand by Blues forward Jaden Schwartz.

Rask extended his personal points streak to 19 games. Over that span he is 17-0-2 and now holds the fourth-longest streak in Bruins history. This is what we expect to see from him. Rask noted that it isn’t just himself who is performing well.

"“A lot of it is team play, how your team plays in front of you,” Rask said, via  “Lately [our] goalies, we haven’t had to stand on our heads and play unbelievable games to keep us in it. Our team is playing great hockey offensively, defensively, and all around. I think it helps everybody.  Everybody feels more confident and everybody is trying to pick each other up all the time and we’re no different. We try to be there when the time comes and we have to make those saves and that’s it.”"

Bergeron notches another one

Another Bruins player who has been playing amazing has been Patrice Bergeron. He scored his 21st goal of the season, blasting a shot by Jake Allen. Bergeron is on a tear as of late as he has scored 11 goals in his last 13 games. Bergeron is having a fantastic season. One I didn’t even expect from the veteran center. He keeps getting better with age similar to another Boston sports figure. Bergeron’s experience as a penalty killer seemed to pay off when he talks about his goal in the third period.

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"“I feel like you can call it a gray area or whatever, where it’s in between the defenseman and the forward, and sometimes there’s miscommunication in that position and I’m trying to find that. I know it’s always a tough area to defend, so I’m trying to get open there. My teammates are doing a great job to find me there, so it’s definitely good to get a lot of looks from that position.”"

When you put the puck on net you get rewarded

It seems simple, but when you are able to get a lot of shots on net you most likely are going to get the victory. The Bruins dominated the Blues outshooting them 46-33 including an amazing second period effort where they out shot the Blues 22-6.

It was a complete effort from the Bruins something that they will hopefully be able to keep up. Sometimes they can come out flat-footed but when they are firing on all cylinders there is no one they can’t beat. Now don’t just take my word for it, listen to David Backes.

"“The guys really battled. It was probably our most complete game where we had to battle and win pucks all over the ice. Two points against a tough Central Division team that I know pretty well – hopefully the start of another streak where we put a few together. But one at a time. We’ll enjoy these two points then get ready for [Toronto] whenever we play on Saturday.”"

The only bad news for the Bruins is that Kevan Miller was forced to leave the game with an upper-body injury.  The Bruins are already depleted at the defenseman position, but there is some hope.

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