With David Krejci notching his seventh goal of the season just 47 seconds into the contest, and the Bruins dictating play for the ensuing 15 minutes — give or take a minute or two — it looked like a long night was ahead for Jason LaBarbera and the rest of his Coyotes teammates, but the “Yotes” managed to settle down and even the playing field later in the period.
With just under five minutes left in the opening frame Ray Whitney would breeze through two Bruins defensemen and sneak the puck through the five-hole of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the goal was Whitney’s team-leading 13th of the season.
The game would remain tied at one throughout regulation as both Rask and LaBarbera came up with some huge saves sending the game to overtime, but it was Dennis Seidenberg who would make sure the B’s would leave the desert with two points and a seventh straight win for the Black and Gold.
It took some time to figure out if the goal was Seidenberg’s, or if Chris Kelly — who was camped out in front of the Phoenix net and helped set a screen on LaBarbera — had tipped it in.
“I’m not sure, I could care less. Either way, Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] scores that or I score that, it’s two points” said Kelly.
Further replay showed the initial shot from Seidenberg deflected off the leg of former Bruin, and current Coyotes defensemen Derek Morris and into the net, Kelly did manage to pick up an assist on the goal.
Whitney’s first-period-tally ended Rask’s 170 minute shutout streak, but the win was Rask’s fourth in as many games. After back-to-back shutouts, and a 21 save performance last night, Rask knows he can’t dwell on the past and need’s to keep to moving forward.
“I’m not proud really. You always try to do your best and stop every shot. “The month or whatever I’ve had where I’ve been in low-scoring games and I’ve managed to keep the scoring down” said Rask who now leads the National Hockey League in Goals Against Average and Save Percentage. “That’s something you want to do. Back-to-back shutouts are a good sign, but you can’t get too satisfied. You’ve got to keep concentrating on your job and the future.”
Forward Rich Peverley missed his third straight contest last night, but Bruins head coach Claude Julien expects Peverley back the next time the Bruins are in game action.
“Today [Wednesday] he practiced and looked good and we skated him a little bit afterward, he’ll practice with the team [on Thursday] and he’s looking good for our next game” said Julien.
The Bruins will suit up for the last time in 2011 when they travel to Dallas for a New Year’s Eve party with the Stars Saturday night