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Injuries to captain Zdeno Chara and Steven Kampfer were not a factor in tonight’s victory over Los Angeles. Tuukka Rask was perfect in net and got his first shutout of the season as the Bruins defeated the Kings 3-0.
Boston went on the power play on the first shift of the game and didn’t score yet again, the power play continues to be one of the only low points of this team. Rich Peverley started the goal scoring at 6:32 of the first, Pouliot and Hamill made two nice passes to set up the goal. The Bruins went back on the man advantage a couple of minutes after the goal but Lucic took a penalty a minute in to take away the man advantage. After the halfway point of the first Boston had a third power play and made it 0-3 in the first period.
The Kings started the second with a couple nice chances on net, but Rask was up for the challenge. Boston took control of the puck for most of the first half of the second period. Chris Kelly hit the cross-bar on a two on one with Peverly that should have been a goal.Brad Marchand scored off of a faceoff win by Bergeron at 7:43, the first shift after Kelly hit the post. Marchand nearly doubled his money when Seguin sent him in on a semi break but Marchand missed the net.
The Kings power play was equally as productive as the Bruins through two periods, the two teams were 0-7 combined. Tyler Seguin set up Joe Corvo at the end of the second with a nice pass to the trailing Corvo but Jonathan Quick made the save.
Early in the third the Kings showed life with plenty of offensive pressure in the first five minutes. Rask handled anything they got to the net, Tuukka looked good all night. Marchand acored his second goal of the game at 5:35 with a nice toe drag out front to beat Quick. The Bruins took over again for about ten minutes, the Kings then went on a power play but didn’t get a goal. The Bruins closed out the third and the game winning 3-0.
Tuukka played maybe his best game of the season tonight, not just because of the shutout but he just looked like he had control of the game right from the start. Look for Tuukka to get more starts in the coming months, he is playing well and it gives Thomas some rest. Rask had 41 saves in tonight’s shut out, a season high for him.
Hamill played tonight for the injured Campbell and he played well. He has an assist on the Peverley goal and made several other nice passes during the game. We should see some more Hamill with Campbell having a fracture in his foot