Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rask and Hayes lead Bruins to win over Kings

Los Angeles Kings @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on December 18, 2016.
Earlier today Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and unlikely hero Jimmy Hayes led the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings to stop their 2-game losing streak.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Jimmy Hayes scored his 2nd goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Later in the period, Bruins Kevan Miller dropped the gloves with Kings Kyle Clifford and they had an ok fight.

In the second period, no scoring happened.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and stopped all 18 shots he faced, earning his 4th shutout of the season. Rask is now 16-5-0-3 with a 1.82 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 30-18, hits 28-23 and blocked shots 20-17. The Kings led the game with a 53% faceoff percentage. Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power-play.

Patrice Bergeron led the Bruins with 6 shots. Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 4 hits. Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 4 blocked shots.

David Pastrnak and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Player notes
On Saturday, it was announced that defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was assigned to Providence (AHL).

Also on Saturday, the Bruins announced that forward David Pastrnak will likely miss two games (this game vs the Kings and vs Islanders on Tuesday) after having successful removal of the olecranon bursa from his right elbow on Friday.

On Friday, the Bruins announced that forward Frank Vatrano has been cleared to play and he was assigned to Providence (AHL). Vatrano tore ligaments in his left foot and had successful surgical repair on September 26th.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 17-13-3 with 37 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 5-3-2 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 8-8-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday, when they host the New York Islanders, at 7pm ET.

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