Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was dominant between the pipes saving 26 of 27 shots to hold the Las Vegas Golden Knights to just one goal in Boston’s 2-1 win on Thursday night.
The B’s broke a 1-1 tie halfway through the third period thanks to center Sean Kuraly scoring the game-winner.
Neither team scored in the first period, but the black and gold had the first four shots and didn’t allow the Golden Knights their first shot on net until 10 minutes had already expired.
The Bruins got on the board first early in the second period after center Riley Nash rang the post but got a second attempt at his own rebound before burying the puck for the 1-0 lead.
Vegas defender Nate Schmidt took possession of the puck from Boston left winger Jake DeBrusk before passing it to center Cody Eakin who beat Rask to knot the game at one in the second period.
The tie finally broke late in the third period after center Tim Schaller intercepted a Vegas pass in Boston’s offensive zone. Schaller passed the puck to Krug who couldn’t light the lamp for Boston and neither could DeBrusk – but Kuraly was finally able to wedge the puck into the net for the 2-1 lead and win.
With the victory, Boston improved to 5-3-3 while Vegas dropped to 8-4-0 on the season.
TWIW’s three stars:
1) Tim Schaller: He had a great night on the ice both offensively and defensively.
2) Sean Kuraly: He scored the game-winner for the Bruins – his first goal of the season. He had a fantastic effort in front of the net that resulted in the goal.
3) Tuukka Rask: He was dominant in net tonight stopping 26 of the 27 shots he faced. He sealed his second win of the season and is now 2-3-2.
What’s ‘Bruin’ next:
The Bruins welcome Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (6-6-1) to the TD Garden on Saturday night.
Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.