Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and Loui Eriksson notched the overtime winner as the Bruins topped the Blue Jackets, 2-1, Tuesday night in Columbus.
If not for Rask, the Bruins would have had no chance at winning this game. They looked half asleep for most of the game and allowed four breakaways, three of which were turned away by Tuukk. The other was a penalty shot in the first period that led to the Jackets’ only goal of the night.
The Bruins were fortunate enough to make it to overtime, but once they were there, they quickly took care of business. Claude rolled out Krug with Krejci and Eriksson, and they executed a perfect backdoor passing play 33 seconds in, claiming the extra point.
Eriksson is on a fire, and has goals in four straight games, and five of the last six. The team will miss his service if it should trade him by the February 29 trade deadline, as he still has not been signed to an extension.
Boston’s first goal of the game came courtesy of Patrice Bergeron, who returned to the lineup after missing the past two games with an undisclosed injury caused by his fight with Wheeler.
Bergy has 22 goals on the year, and continues to lead the team in points, with 48.
Unfortunately, his linemate, Brad Marchand, was finally held without a goal, breaking his streak of seven games. Now he only has 13 goals in his last 14 games…He’s washed up; trade him!
But he is still a pest.
What’s that, Hartnell? You want your stick back? Go get it.
There was one truly nerve-racking moment at the end of the first period, when Rask was involved in a collision out front, and was very slow to get up.
He looked pretty shaken up at first, but there were not any visual signs of issues for the remainder of the game.
With this win, the Bruins continue their game of leapfrog with the Detroit Red Wings, and jumped them by one point for second in the division. The Florida Panthers are just four points out of reach at the top of the division. Catching them will be no easy task, especially with two tough games against the Predators and Stars coming up to close out the road trip.
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