By: Cara Mooney
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins held their ground strong this week as they grabbed all possible six points against the Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, and Florida Panthers. With the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ottawa Senators all looking to break the postseason, these six points were crucial for the Black and Gold’s playoff hopes.
To recap, the Bruins topped the Preds 4-1 Tuesday, shutout Seguin and the Stars 2-0 Thursday, and won against the Panthers 5-3 Saturday. Shawn Thornton of the Florida Panthers and former Boston Bruins played his last game on TD Garden ice Saturday afternoon in their loss to the Bruins.
Three Stars of the Week:
★★★ Noel Acciari
★★ Brad Marchand
★ Tuukka Rask
Top Three Plays of the Week
3. Tuesday night, Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara notched his 600th NHL career point. With the primary assist on Patrice Bergeron’s goal, Chara now has 414 assists and 186 goals. Here’s the play below:
2. Also on Tuesday night, David Pastrnak put on a show for the Garden crowd. There is no doubt that if he were to score on this play, it could have been a contender for goal of the year. The kid is an absolute wizard!:
1. Not to anyone’s surprise, the number one play also comes against Nashville; Noel Acciari’s first NHL goal...and damn what a way to score your first goal ever:
*An honorable mention to Patrice Bergeron who scored four goals this past week as well.