Seymon Varlamov made 30 saves in route to his fifth career shut out in an noon start today against Tuuka Rask and the Bruins. Varlamov was acquired from Washington this offseason for a pair of draft picks after Craig Anderson went to Ottawa.
Rask displayed a solid game as the Bruin’s back up allowing one goal on 36 shots, as well as killing off a 27 second two man advantageRask’s only miscue was on a shot from Milan Hejduk at 7:57 into the third period where he may have been at least partially screened by his own defenseman Zdeno Chara.
Varlamov was great when he needed to be including a few minutes after Hejduk’s goal where he made a great stop on a Lucic shot from in close and two saves requiring some extra work on Brad Marchand.
Varlamov also stopped a four on two break with a pad save on a Patrice Bergeron shot from the slot.
The Bruins are now 1-2-0 with three games in the next eight days. They play the Hurricanes twice, once Wednesday night on the road, they then travel to face the Blackhawks (I can’t wait for this game) on Saturday, then return home on next Tuesday to face the Hurricanes.
It’s often said that you can’t make the playoffs from the first twenty games of the season, but you can definitely play yourself out. Bruins have dropped two out of three so far this season, but the games have all been very close with the Bruins leading in most offensive categories. Look for them to right the ship Wednesday night in Carolina.