Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning up next: Goalie Rask keeping Bruins afloat

SUNRISE — Tuukka Rask is certainly a welcome sight in net for the Bruins.

Rask made his second start Tuesday after missing three games with an injury, and he stopped 33 shots to help lead the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Panthers. He has been in goal for all five of the Bruins' wins this season.

Boston takes on the Lightning tonight in Tampa.

"I've felt good all along," Rask said. "Probably just because of the chances we gave up (on penalties Tuesday), I had to make more saves, but I felt good all along."

The Bruins won their second straight after a three-game skid.

"(Rask) looked good (Tuesday) and (is) the main reason we're standing here with two points," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

Trailing 2-0, the Panthers got on the scoreboard on Denis Malgin's first NHL goal with 4:35 left in the third when his shot from the slot beat Rask. It snapped Rask's shutout streak of 131:11.

The Panthers pulled goalie Robert Luongo with 3:20 left during a power play to give them a six-on-four advantage but couldn't score.

"We had a lot of chances in that first period and couldn't capitalize, and Tuukka Rask was the difference," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "He played a great game."

The Bruins were outshot 13-3 in the first period.

"We had so many turnovers, it was a real bad start, it was a bad period," Julien said. "Those are the kind of starts we are trying to avoid. We had a goaltender that was ready to play and kept us in there."

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