Talking Points: Solid game for Adam McQuaid
Adam McQuaid didn’t end up with any point on the score sheet, and didn’t have a ton of plays that made you stand up and take notice during the game. But McQuaid did top 20 minutes of ice time and finish with a plus-2 rating in 2-0 win for the Bruins, and that lets you know that some pretty good things happened when he was on the ice. Not only that but McQuaid also made the pass that kick-started things for the B’s first goal when he quickly collected a loose puck in the neutral zone, and entered the offensive zone with a pass to Ryan Spooner that ended up resulting in a David Krejci goal in the first period. The Bruins don’t score that goal if McQuaid doesn’t quickly and confidently recognize the situation and go right back on the offensive attack. McQuaid finished with five shot attempts, a hit and a blocked shot in 20:09 of ice time, and enjoyed one of his best games since coming back from an early season injury.
Rene Bourque played 17:25 of ice time, and was a total non-factor in the game. Bourque had a shot on net and one registered hit, but he was also a minus-2 rating and had zero offensive presence or physical presence despite plenty of chances for an Avalanche team that could have used more of both. I guess bringing a Bourque to Colorado isn’t going to have as much success this time as it did the last time around, but it would be tough to match that Bourque/Avalanche, wouldn’t it?
The Bruins didn’t score to build on their lead, but Boston did outshoot the Avalanche by a 23-7 margin in the second period while taking full control of the game. This was one of those games where the Bruins should have been at a massive disadvantage playing their fifth game in seven days and their second set of back-to-backs over the past week. But instead they scored in the first period, they seized control of the game in the second period and then put it away with an insurance goal late in the game in a bit of a perfect road effort. High marks to the Bruins for putting everything they had into this stretch, and getting eight of a possible ten points as a result of it.
David Krejci had the game-winning goal and made the play against Semyon Varlamov to break through for the Bruins, who didn’t need all that much offense beyond the first period goal. Other than that, Krejci was a grinder in the game posting four shots on net and a hit in 17:56 of ice time, and a plus-2 rating as his line continues to provide some nice depth in scoring behind the Patrice Bergeron line. Interesting to see the Bruins going with Dominic Moore along with Krejci and David Backes toward the end of the game with the goalie pulled for the Avalanche, but appropriate they should be out there for winning/losing time.
BY THE NUMBERS
3 – the number of shutouts for Tuukka Rask this season, which ties with Devan Dubnyk and Sergei Bobrovsky for the league lead and continues a goaltending clinic that the Finnish netminder has put on all season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I can't say enough about that guy; he's been really good so far,” –David Krejci to reporters after Tuukka Rask’s third shutout of the season.