Rask Shines In Ugly Game

As anyone who has ever been to the Museum of Bad Art in Dedham can tell you, sometimes bad is so horrible, it’s good. This was definitely the case with the Boston Bruins last night when they faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In a game that saw more giveaways than an Oprah’s Favorite Things episode, the Bruins eventually won in a shootout, by a score of 2 to 1, to extend their win streak to seven games.

The Blue Jackets came into last night’s game owning the NHL’s worst record at 3-13-1. The Bruins on the other hand were riding a six-game winning streak. It should’ve been an easy game for the Bruins, but it was anything but.

An ugly win can tell you a lot about a team. For example, last night Tuukka Rask came up huge in net for the Bruins, stopping 30 out of 31 shots, including four in overtime. He also stopped two of the three shots he faced during the shootout, sealing the victory when he made a pad save on Antoine Vermette’s backhand attempt. Rask made some incredible saves throughout the night and stole this game for them. This should give the Bruins a big confidence boost for Rask’s future starts.

On the other side of the ice, the Bruins got a garbage goal. Garbage goals are not pretty, but they are vital to winning ugly games. Adam McQuaid got the Bruins’ lone goal (and his first of the season) during regulation when his wrist shot from the point hit some traffic in front of the net and deflected past Columbus’ goalie Curtis Sanford. Although the Bruins had been scoring handfuls of goals during this winning streak, it is good to see that they can still earn a “W” even when they can’t put the puck in the net.

Sure the game was frustrating to watch and will never be replayed as an “instant classic,” but at the end of the season, does it really matter how the Bruins earned the two points? The ugly win will also have brought to light some of the areas that the team will need to work on during practices. There’s a saying that goes “it’s better to be lucky than good” and hopefully the Bruins continue to be both.

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