In his 28th game of the season, Jimmy Hayes FINALLY tied Tuukka Rask with two points. I knew he had it in him.
But, I will give credit where credit is due. Hayes’ first period goal was a huge one, as it turned out to be the game winner in a tight 1-0 matinee against the visiting LA Kings. Just 4:20 into the opening frame, Hayes used his bulky frame to fight for real estate at the top of the crease before deflecting a Colin Miller shot past Peter Budaj.
The Bruins’ rolled four lines effectively, but failed to convert on their chances, a trend we have seen for essentially the entire season. Budaj did make some important saves, stopping 29 of 30 shots on the day.
At the other end, Boston held LA to its lowest shot output of the season with 18. The Kings had four power play opportunities (as did the Bruins) and put together multiple extended shifts in the Bruins zone down the stretch, but Rask shut the door. Tuukka picked up his fourth shutout this season, tying him for the league lead.
- Colin Miller had one of his best games of the season. The former Kings property skated very well and moved the puck the way he is expected to. He assisted on the lone goal and had two other quality scoring chances, including a one-timer from the slot on which Budaj robbed him.
- Kevan Miller took exception to a hit by Kings forward Kyle Clifford in the first period, and the two settled their differences the old fashioned way.
- The Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak at the Garden, and will have a chance to make it two straight wins on Tuesday night when the Islanders come to town. Need to go out on a high note before the upcoming four-game road trip.
[Header photo via The Boston Globe]