Found February 06, 2013 on Boston's Bettah:
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Tuukka Rask stood tall in net for the Boston Bruins Tonight’s win over the Montreal Canadiens felt really dirty for the simple reason that the Boston Bruins did not deserve to win the hockey game. There, I said it. For two periods the Bruins were getting out-played all across the ice and it was a miracle that it was only a 1-0 game at the end of two periods. The Bruins got a couple of nice shifts from the third line and like one good power-play, but that was it. The hockey team that showed up in the first two periods deserved to get laughed back to Boston. The “miracle” previously mentioned was Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Coming into this shortened season, he was the biggest question mark for the team. If the questions on whether or not he could lead this team were still yet unanswered in the early going, they were answered tonight. The Boston Bruins defense seemed to time after time let the Canadiens forwards sprint past them for seemingly easy scoring opportunities. There stood Tuukka Rask, making big save after big save to keep the Bruins in the game. In reality, this has been no different from any game this season. Defense has secretly been the Bruins Achilles heel in 2013, but it would be hard to tell from the statistics. That’s because Tuukka Rask has been sensational in 2013, leading some to believe that he might be one with the force. Again, how did that not go in. Starting to really think that Rask is a Jedi. — Dan Walker (@PlastikAvenger) February 7, 2013 No matter what his secret is, the reality is this. If it wasn’t for Tuukka Rask, the Boston Bruins would have been down 3-0 quickly in this game. The Habs had the better chances all game long and could only muster one goal, mostly because Tuukka Rask was using some kind of Jedi tricks. The Bruins were just waiting for their goals, a change in the second intermission too bring Tyler Seguin onto Krejci’s line paid dividends right away. Two quick goals to start the third period were all the Bruins needed in front of Rask. The Bruins still have their problems. They sit back on leads a little too much (a normal problem for this team over the years) and the power-play is what I called on Twitter “doodoo”. In addition, they still seem to have problems with letting people go free on defense a little too much and give up some golden opportunities. For tonight, there are two things to be happy about. 1. The Bruins sit alone in first place atop the Eastern Conference. 2. They beat the Montreal Canadiens. That last one, is reason enough to be happy for at least one night.
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