Behind Reilly Smith’s two goals, and Tuukka Rask’s fourth shutout of the season, the Bruins blanked the Senators 5-0 in front of a sold out TD Garden crowd of 17,565. The Bruins and Senators will both travel to Ottawa tonight to complete the second leg of their two night home-and-home. Here are Bruins Daily’s three takeaways from the Bruins third win in a row.
Jarome Iginla continues hot streak
After starting off with 15 points in his first 28 games, Jarome Iginla has caught fire in his last 10 contests. The former Flames Captain has scored six times and added four assists in the Bruins last ten games. A point per game in his last ten has certainly helped the Bruins in more ways than one. Thanks to their 5-0 win over the Senators, the B’s have now won eight of their last ten.
With all three on the ice at the same time the trio of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla have combined for 27 goals this season, more than any other line combination in hockey. The line of Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis sit behind the Krejci line with 25 goals.
Even when he is not scoring, Iginla has been a force on the Bruins top line. Having two big power forwards in Iginla and Lucic has been huge, especially on the power play. The Bruins entered Friday’s contest with the league’s fifth best power play and scored once again with the man advantage thanks to Iginla’s 11th tally of the year.
It seems like Iginla is finally completely comfortable in a Bruins jersey, and boy has it been fun to watch.
Jordan Caron failing to do anything with his golden opportunity
With all the bodies the Bruins have been without over the last few weeks, Jordan Caron has had a golden opportunity to show that he deserves a spot in the Bruins lineup. With 20 games under his belt this season, Caron has just one point, a goal that came back on October 5.
The former first round draft pick has been extremely inconsistent during his tenure as a Bruin, but his poor play this season has been even more of a disappointment. This past summer Caron signed a one-year deal to stay with the Bruins. It was basically the Bruins way of telling Caron to show them what he’s got, or else it’s time to move on. Obviously it’s tough to produce while getting forth line minutes, but Caron has to find a way to make the most of his opportunity.
With the play of guys like Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser since their call-ups from Providence, it’s hard to see Caron sticking around once the Bruins are back to full strength.
Two U’s, two K’S and two more points for Tuukka Rask
If you were questioning the Bruins at all during the summer for signing Tuukka Rask to an eight-year, $56 Million contract, you can no longer do so. Rask has backed up his monster contract with some outstanding play of late.
Since allowing a career-high six goals in a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on November 27, Rask has allowed just 14 goals in his last nine starts. Four of those 14 came against the Canucks two weeks ago where Rask was pulled in the third period. Rask’s 33-save performance Friday night was his second shutout in that span and fourth this season.
In their first game back from the NHL’s Christmas break, the Bruins came out a bit flat in the opening 20 minutes as they managed just five shots on goal. Luckily for the Bruins, Rask showed up to play as he stopped 15 shots he faced.
Rask used Friday’s shutout to improve his overall record to 20-8-2, his goals-against average to 1.81 and his save percentage to .938.
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