The Bruins have started rewarding Tuukka Rask with some offense and, therefore, wins. On Thursday, the reigning Vezina winner returned the favor.
Rask stopped three Rangers breakaways and recorded his second shutout of the season as the Bruins extended their season-best winning streak to five games with a 3-0 victory over the Rangers at TD Garden (box).
Boston got a pair of assists from Torey Krug. After Patrice Bergeron got Boston on the board in the first period with his 11th goal of the season, Krug sent a terrific slap pass from the point to the doorstep, where David Krejci tapped it past Cam Talbot for the Bruins’ lone goal of the second period. Krug fired a shot through traffic in the third period to create a Loui Eriksson rebound goal.
With the victory, the B’s improved to 24-15-6 on the season. Here are four more things we learned Thursday:
MARCHAND GETS AWAY WITH ONE
Brad Marchand was none too happy when he was called for a cross-check on Dan Boyle in the second period, but all things considered, he probably caught a break with officials on Thursday.
The veteran left wing was chasing a puck into the corner with Derick Brassard when Marchand appeared to kick Brassard’s right leg in an effort to take the player’s feet out from under. That’s known as a slew-foot to those in the business of spending players, and it’s extremely dangerous.
Marchand has been disciplined for a slew-foot before, as the league docked him $2,500 for a slew-foot on Matt Niskanen in December of the 2011-12 season. His lone suspension to date came the following month for a low-bridge hit on then-Canucks defenseman Sami Salo.
KELLY TO THE RESCUE AND TO THE BOX
Marchand isn’t the only player who could hear from the league after Thursday’s game. Chris Kreider threw Carl Soderberg head-first into the end boards in the third period, receiving a boarding minor and a non-negotiable invitation from Chris Kelly that earned both players fighting majors.
Kelly got the worse of the deal, however, as he also received an instigating minor and a 10-minute misconduct.
The incident marked the second time this season that Kelly has challenged another player after a hit he didn’t like, as he went after Andrew Shaw in December after the Blackhawks forward put a late hit on Milan Lucic as Lucic fed Torey Krug for a goal.
Soderberg stayed in the game following the hit from Kreider.
KREJCI LINE KEEPS GIVING AND HAS YET TO TAKETH AWAY
Torey Krug sent a well-executed slap-pass to David Krejci at the door step to set up an easy goal for Krejci in the first period, marking the fourth goal the line of Lucic-Krejci-Pastrnak has scored since being united midway through the second period of Thursday’s win over the Lightning.
Just as good for the trio: it has yet to allow a goal in its one and a half games, meaning that on average the line has been nearly a plus-1 for every period it has played together.
CAMPBELL LINE HAS A GOOD GAME
Things have been rough enough for Gregory Campbell and his various linemates this season that it’s worth pointing out when they have a strong game. Tuesday was one of those not-too-common nights.
The line created multiple scoring chances over the first two periods, with Talbot making a big save on Daniel Paille in the second and the Rangers netminder having to rush back to his net after a turnover led to a quick shot from Campbell in the first period.
Campbell’s line has struggled throughout with puck possession, but Campbell, Paille and Craig Cunningham all had positive Corsis at even strength on the night.