Boston Bruins Defense,Takes Pressure Off Goaltenders

By Tony Tranghese
“Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports”

The Boston Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jacketsin an impressive victory. They were able to carry their outstanding play over from Friday afternoon into Saturday night. The Bruins’ defense was the reason for collecting six points in the last two games.

The Bruins held the New York Rangers to nineteen shots on Friday night and the Blue Jackets to fourteen shots tonight. That is incredibly impressive in todays NHL. In a league where goals and offense is encouraged it is almost impossible to fathom that a professional team could be held to fourteen shots.

This defensive play from the Bruins is important for a few reasons. For starters, Tuukka Rask only saw nineteen shots against the Rangers. If you expect your goaltender to play in almost seventy games, you need to protect him. Limiting him to nineteen shots is going to make it easier for him to play in more games. The Bruins had been allowing over thirty shots a game increasing Rasks work load and increasing his risk of injury. If the Bruins can keep Rask in the twenty to twenty-five save range per game the amount of games he plays in is going to be irrelevant.

The fact that the Bruins are playing excellent defense also helps back up goalie Chad Johnson. Johnson saw fourteen shots against the Blue Jackets. I don’t care who you are or how good you are. If you only see fourteen shots a game you should be able to keep the team you play for competitive. If the Bruins can keep up their defense, Johnson may be likely to get a few more starts.

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