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Super Sunday: Rask Helps Bruins Break Long Losing Streak

Claude Julien (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Bruins entered Super Sunday losers of their last 10 games as they closed in on the worst losing streak in team history — an 11-game stretch in the 1924-25 season. A loss against the rival Canadiens on Sunday, and the Bruins would match the dubious mark and undoubtedly send a shockwave of panic across Boston.

The formula for Bruins success is simple: score, hold a lead, and prevent the other team from scoring. Tuukka Rask held up his end of the bargain on Sunday, and shut out the Canadiens 3-0 to give the Bruins their first win since mid-January.

Marco Sturm scored two goals for the good guys, and the Bruins finally held a lead. Against the Canucks on Saturday, the Bruins had a two-goal lead, but eventually lost in a shootout 3-2. Adam McQuaid scored the other goal for the B’s, notching his first goal of the season with three minutes to go in the 1st.

I’m willing to bet that Claude Julien may have already made his goaltender change. Rask started his third straight game on Sunday, and with his 36-save shutout of the Habs, he may have cemented himself as the team’s No. 1 goalie.

What do you think Claude?

“Our goaltender was unbelievable,” coach Claude Julien said. “Whenever they had the great chances, he made the big saves.”

The Bruins next take the ice on Tuesday against the Sabres.

In other news…

Bruins rookie defenseman Johnny Boychuk will be out until after the Olympic Break with a broken orbital bone after taking a shot off his face by a flying puck. It’s a tough break (literally) for the Bruins and the rookie, who had been looking good as of late.

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