Five Observations: Bruins Top Leafs

On Saturday night the Boston Bruins defeated division rival Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 to win their first divisional game of the season. They were led by Chris Bourque’s first goal as a Bruin and a shutout from Tuukka Rask between the pipes.

Number Five: Injuries

Brad Marchand suffered a shoulder injury in this victory, but head coach Claude Julien says that he was sat out in the third period as a precaution. We might see him back out there Wednesday in Montreal, but if he is out along with Daniel Paille, the penalty kill takes a huge hit.

Number Four: Rask-tastic

Tuukka Rask is making it easy to forget a Vezina and Conn Smythe winner, which is a hard thing to do. Rask picked up his first shutout of the season with the win over Toronto, but it was not his first fantastic showing. The Bruins have to be happy with their netminder’s performance thus far in this young season.

Number Three: Bourque

Chris Bourque was sat out in the loss against the Buffalo Sabres, but he bounced back from that with a nice, net crashing first period goal that ended up being the game winner against Toronto. Bourque had to step it up with the injuries, and he did.

Number Two: Defense Strong

Rask, Julien and several others called out the defense after the 7-4 loss against the Sabres, and it came out with a vengeance on Saturday night. They blocked several shots and left Toronto with just 21 shots on goal on the night.

Number One: Net Crashers

One big key for the Bruins when they win games is their physicality not only with hits or fights, but even on the offensive end. This was easy to see on Saturday night as they crashed the net more than once, and they were rewarded for it on the Bourque goal.


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