David Krejci, who played just 1:34 of today’s game against the Canadiens, left the game with an undisclosed injury and did not return. The Bruins’ other three centers all stepped up and filled-in with added minutes for the ailing Krejci – Marc Savard with 20:53 TOI today [18:21 avg.] Patrice Bergeron 20:22 [18:42 avg.] and Steve Begin 17:11 [13:42 avg.].
“We’re hopeful he’ll be in on Tuesday.” Claude Julien said after the game. “Not serious to the point where…right now I don’t think it’s a question whether he’ll be in on Tuesday.”
The Bruins snapped a 10-game winless streak with a 3-0 blanking of the Habs at the Bell Centre earlier today. The two-points was their first such points since Jan. 14 with a 2-1 shootout win at San Jose against the Sharks. Boston [24-22-11] has now hopped-up to ninth-place in the Eastern Conference, and tied with the Philadelphia Flyers [8th] and New York Rangers [10th] with 59 points.
Adam McQuiad scored his first goal of his NHL career which was the game-winning goal of the day. Marco Sturm also netted his 17th and 18th goal of the season as added insurance. But the player of the game was undoubtedly. Tuukka Rask. The 22-year-old shutout the Habs with a stellar 36-save performance in his third consecutive start, and has not bettered his 2009-10 resume to 11-7-4, .929 save-percentage [3rd in the NHL], 2.02 goals-against average [2nd], and 2 SO.
Krejci, 10-20-30 totals this season, had 2-2-4 totals in four of his last six games entering today’s contest against Montreal. The Bruins continue their four-game-road-trip as they travel to Upstate New York, as they face the Northeast Division leaders, Buffalo Sabres at 7:00pm EST.