Boston Bruins 3, St. Louis Blues 0
BOSTON – The Boston Bruins would like to perform a switch–er-roo, replacing Game 7 of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final with tonight’s 3-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues. Of course, that’s not the way it works and the Bruins, tonight, can only focus on the season ahead while tucking an impressive Tuukka Rask goalkeeping performance in the memory bank for next spring.
Rask, the Bruins veteran and red-hot (undefeated in regulation) goaltender, dominated the game and was named the No. 1 star as he recorded his fifth victory (5-0-1) in six starts. Tonight was his second shutout of the young season and he is on par with Vegas Golden Knights’ league-leading goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who has seven victories but only one shutout in 11 games played.
As has been the trend set early this season, the Bruins scored first, a power play goal by F David Pastrnak at the 14:59 mark of the opening period. It was Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season, and it extended his point streak to eight games (11-7-18 points in that span).
Bruins 23- year-old F Anders Bjork, brought up to the NHL club from Providence, tallied in the second period. The goal resulted from a pretty give-and-go orchestrated by Bjork with the feed coming from defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. Danton Heinen also registered an assist on that play coming at the 9:31 mark.
Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo deposited an unassisted empty-net goal at 19:11 of the final period to round out the scoring.
NOTES: Tonight’s Bruins victory was the first of three games in four nights for the club. They’ll face that 3-in-4 challenge 11 times this season. The schedule calls for Boston to head to New York to face the Rangers tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden, then return here to TD Garden for a Tuesday night contest against the San Jose Sharks. … The Sharks will travel to Boston from their Sunday game at Ottawa. … The Bruins are now (6-1-1) when they score first. … With an assist tonight, Brad Marchand of the Bruins extended his career-high assist streak to eight games.