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A day of firsts

Posted By Jim Mulligan On Feb 8 2010 @ 4:11 am In Boston Bruins | 3 Comments

Finally. The longest losing streak since the 1920's is over for the Boston Bruins. With today's win against the longtime rival, Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins had several “firsts”.

This was the Bruins FIRST win since January 14 when the B's were out in California against the San Jose Sharks

Blake Wheeler dropped the mittens for his FIRST career fighting major in his short career. For the record, I would recommend Blake never do that again as he didn't fare well in the short bout.

Adam MacQuiad scored his FIRST NHL goal – one that proved to be his FIRST game winning goal.

Tuukka Rask pitched his first shutout of the 2009/10 season. Nah, I'm kidding. It was his third shutout this season. I was on a roll there.

Rask started his third consecutive game today having lost his last two starts in consecutive shootouts to these Canadiens and the Canucks in Boston. Going back to the Washington game last Tuesday the Bruins, while losing 4-1, outplayed the Caps, then the Habs and Canucks for a good portions of all three games. In both the Montreal and Vancouver games, the Bruins built two goal leads only to lose both in the shootout. Seeing the glass as half full, Bruins fans could see that while not getting results, the team was doing good things and the rewards would soon follow.

Today, it was Adam MacQuiad opening the scoring with a slap-pass in the direction of Marc Savard that was deflected by a Montreal defenseman past Halak. Later, with only four seconds left in the first period, Marco Sturm tucked home a rebound and the Bruins had another two goal lead.

As I said earlier, the Bruins have been outplaying their opponents “for good portions of the game”. Not the whole game but with the team in a serious goal scoring funk, all it was taking was one bad shift and the wheels would fall off the train. Today, the second period could have been their downfall if not for Tuukka Rask. The Bruins stopped making the simple plays. Turnovers at the blueline, not getting the puck in deep on the forecheck and giving up their own blueline way too easily were regular mistakes made in the second period. Mistakes that earlier in the week were goals against, Tuukka was perfect while the Habs outshot the B's 15-3 in the period.

Marco Sturm scored his second of the day halfway through the third period. His wrist shot from between the dots was deflected on the way through past Halak and for the first time since January 16th at Los Angeles, the Bruins scored three goals in a game. The team responded to the bad second period and closed out the game keeping the Habs off the board and finally getting a result they have been looking for since that night in San Jose.

The Bruins are on the road until the Olympic break. Next up the slumping Buffalo Sabres await the Bruins on Tuesday night. Then it's off to Florida for games with the Panthers and Lightning before shutting down until March 2nd.

All isn't perfect with the guys. Yesterday it was Johnny Boychuk taking a shot to the face and from all reports I have heard, he broke his orbital bone and will be out until after the break. David Krejci took three shifts in the first period for a total of 1:46 of ice time and never returned. Hopefully, this isn't a serious problem.

Today's three stars were all from the Black and Gold.

3 – Patrice Bergeron had a pair of assists and in my opinion was the best Bruin on the ice.

2- Marco Sturm had a pair of goals. His first goal with 4 seconds left in the first period was a

1 – Tuukka Rask with his 3rd shutout of the season. Made a couple great saves on Thomas Plekanic when it was 1-0 and 2-0 keeping the Bruins in front of the 8 ball

As always – Go B's

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