May 9th, 2014 by

Bruins’ defense layers up

Bruins’ defense layers up

In the first three games, the Bruins’ defense was quite suspect to the speed and skill of the Canadiens. In Game 4, the Bruins blue-line layered up, and in turn, Tuukka Rask had his best performance of the series.

There were a couple of breakaways here and there Thrusday night, including Brian Gionta’s in the second period that was stopped by Rask. But for the most part, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Johnny Boychuk, Kevan Miller, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski – despite his holding penalty in the second period – held steady giving the Habs little room to work with. Boychuk and Chara had a combined seven blocked shots, while Patrice Bergeron as usual helped out in his own end and Rask’s rebound control led to very few second chance opportunities.

That is a far cry from Game 3 where the Bruins defense left Rask out to dry allowing PK Subban – out of the penalty box – and Dale Weise to score on their breakaways. And it’s why they were able to get the 1-0 overtime shutout victory in Game 4 Thursday night at the Bell Centre to even the series at 2-2.

“He was great. He made those big saves when it mattered on the breakaway and a couple of back door plays on the power play,” Torey Krug said about Tuukka Rask after the overtime win Thursday night. “When he does that, the confidence spreads throughout the team, and it’s very important to the team and you saw that tonight.”

Aside from the third period where they were outshot 13-7, the Bruins were pretty strong in their own end in front of a hostile environment. They got off to a pretty good start – something that they were looking to do heading into the game – and that confidence grew as the game progressed.

“I thought we had a good start,” forward Jarome Iginla said. “I thought we were skating, we were physical – they were trying to feed off their home crowd and they’re desperate too, they want to make it 3-1. I thought the first period was a good period for us as a team, and even though it was 0-0, we were physical, we were skating, and we were able to play more to our style.”

From highlight reel goals to blocking shots and great goaltending from Carey Price, there’s a good reason why the Canadiens and their fans think they deserve to at least be ahead 3-1 in the series. Instead, with the series tied through four games, the series is now a best of three.

Those highlight reel goals are good for packages on SportsCentre, NHL Network, Hockey Night in Canada, NBCSN and other numerous local and national TV outlets. But at the end of the day, good defense and good goaltending are what wins games.

The Habs got that for most of the series with the exception of third period collapses in Games 1 and 2. The Bruins finally got that memo in Game 4, but can they continue that over to a crucial Game 5 Saturday night at the TD Garden.

Thursday night was a good start, and even if good defense and goaltending results in a low scoring game, that will be quite alright for the Black and Gold.

Relive what the Bruins had to say about their Game 4 victory Thursday night.

Share "Bruins’ defense layers up" via

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

More in Daily News
Nov 25, 20 hours ago

First score wins?

“You look at records around the league,” Milan Lucic said Monday night after the Bruins’ OT loss to Pittsburgh, “when teams score the first goal, there is a pretty good percentage that they end up winning the game.” How does this dynamic ap…

Nov 25, 1 day ago

Penguins’ Dynamic Duo Spoils Pastrnak’s Debut

Thanks to the league’s best one-two punch of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, there’s a special buzz anytime the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town. With David Pastrnak making his NHL debut Monday night that buzz grew. Unfortunately for Pastrnak an…

Nov 24, 2 days ago

Game Day Preview: Penguins at Bruins

For the first time since last year’s debacle with Shawn Thornton, Brooks Orpik and James Neal, the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins finally get a chance to renew acquaintances. This year’s version will be without Thornton, Orpik or N…