Tuukka Rask, Bruins Shutout Sidney Crosby and Penguins
By: Mike Grinnell
Tuukka Rask made 34 saves and earned his 4th shut out of the season as the Bruins skated to a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden on Wednesday night.
“He’s a guy that when he’s on his game he’s one of the best. He’s feeling it in the last little while or whatever, last month, maybe even more.” Coach Claude Julien told reporters after the game. “But he’s been the goalie that we all know he can be. And that’s how we felt about him at the beginning even though he struggled, we knew he’d find his game and he has.”
Max Talbot led the scoring off for the Bruins on Wednesday night, scoring against his former team. On a 2-on-1 with Bruins forward Landon Ferraro, Talbot opted to shoot, putting one past Jeff Zatkoff, for his first goal since February 28th of last season, and his first as a Bruin.
Max Talbot’s first goal of the season. Snipe. pic.twitter.com/FkQTQaZBM3
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“I scored maybe 10 days ago but it was in Providence. NHL-wise I don’t remember the date, February something. I know it’s my first as a Bruin also, so I’m pretty proud of that. Hopefully I can be a little light on my feet and keep doing some good things out there.”
Jimmy Hayes put the Bruins on the board next, 4:00 into the 2nd period, for his 5th of the season. Hayes, who has gotten off to a slow start this season with his hometown team, hadn’t scored in the previous 15 games, is happy to get the monkey of his back.
“It’s been a while so it’s nice to, you know, figured it would be one like that.” Hayes told reporters after the game. “It’s happened to me before but you kind of want to find a way out of it and, you know, that’s what you’ve got to do. You have to go to the net and get a greasy one and make sure you can keep going and just find a way out of it, you know. You don’t want to lose sleep, you know. Like I said, you’ve got to be professional and find a way.”
Ryan Spooner added an empty netter 17:17 into the third period, it was Spooner 8th goal of the season, and his third goal in as many games.
Mike Sullivan, who took over for the recently fired Mike Johnston, is winless in his first two games as the Penguins head coach
“I think we are playing hard. I think our energy is there. I think our effort is there. I think sometimes we don’t play as smart as we can and we turn pucks over in the wrong areas of the rink and it makes for a hard game because you end up on the wrong side of the puck. You end up chasing the game a little bit. For me, one of the things I am going to try to do here over the next little while is just to try to focus on the details of what it means to try to play the right way.” Sullivan told reporters after Wednesday nights loss.
Jeff Katkoff got the start for the injuried Marc-Andre Fleury. Zatkoff stopped 26 of 28 Bruins shots in his first game since Fleury went down.
The Bruins and Penguins complete the second game of a home-and-home Friday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)