November 18th, 2011 by

Lucky number seven for Bruins after win over Blue Jackets

(S. Babineau/Getty) Tuukka Rask came up big for the Bruins last night in their 2-1 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets

They don’t ask how, they ask how many, and after last night’s win that’s very okay with the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins hosted the NHL-worst Columbus Blue Jackets last night and needed the full 60-minutes and then some to earn their seventh win in a row.

The Bruins remained perfect in November thanks to a 2-1 shootout win. Last night was by far the worst game the Bruins have played all season in a game that resulted in a win. Adam McQuaid knows the Bruins did not play well, but will take the two points.

“It probably wasn’t the way that we wanted to do it. But Tuukka [Rask] played well and we were fortunate to get the two points even though we didn’t play our best game.”

McQuaid scored the only goal of the evening for the Bruins, less than two minutes after Derek McKenzie gave the Blue Jackets the 1-0 lead.

Both teams had multiple chances to break the regulation tie, but goalies Tuukka Rask (30 saves) and Curtis Sanford (26 saves) stood tall keeping things tied.

“Yeah, yeah I mean, Tuukka [Rask] played really well, made some really big saves. It was a couple posts on each side- we hit I think two and one in overtime, they got two I think” said Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara. “But strong game by both goalies and yeah, that’s what happens. I don’t know what else to say, how do you explain it.”

Both teams had a chance to earn the extra point in overtime, but after both teams were awarded overtime power plays, the game headed to the shootout.

After shootout goals by Rich Peverley, Mark Letestu, and David Krejci it was up to Columbus’ Antonie Vermette to keep the shootout going, but as he did all tonight, Rask stood tall coming up with the big save.

The win was Rask’s third in a row, and the Finnish net-minder is happy to keep up the winning ways.

“Yeah same thing, you try not to over think it. Just probably play your game and hope that you’ll score some goals and you’re able to help the team out from your own game and that’s about it. Just trying to sustain the good feeling” said Rask.

Here are some post game videos from the Bruins locker room:

Zdeno Chara:

Tuukka Rask:

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