Tuukka Rask hasn’t been unbeatable of late, but he’s been close.
Following a 43-save performance against the New York Islanders on Thursday, the Boston Bruins goalie made 30 saves in a 3-1 victory over the L.A. Kings on Saturday, giving Rask seven victories in the month of January.
Brad Marchand had a pair of goals and seven shots on goal, and now has four points in his last five games.
The wins are important. That’s obvious. But Rask has recently shut the door on opposing shooters, allowing three goals in a game only twice in his last 11 starts this month. It’s a big reason why the Bruins were able to work their way out of previous struggles and back into a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Boston forward Loui Eriksson left the game late in the third period after taking a hard Robyn Regehr hit into the boards. It looked like Regehr’s right arm caught Eriksson near the back of the net.
According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Boston’s coach Claude Julien didn’t have an update on Eriksson but said he might have a sore neck.
Los Angeles will return a key piece of its defense tonight when Robyn Regehr plays for the first time in 12 games after being sidelined with a hand injury.
Regehr, who last suited up on Dec. 18, will draw in for what’s a pretty important Western Conference playoff showdown as the Kings host the Flames. Just check the standings:
Calgary’s had Los Angeles’ number this year, too. Back on Dec. 22, the Flames stunned the Kings thanks to Johnny Gaudreau’s natural hat trick — his final two goals came in the final 2:12 — en route to a 4-3 OT decision at Staples.
Seven nights later, the Flames once again upended the Kings in dramatic fashion, scoring a 2-1 victory despite putting just 15 shots on Jonathan Quick.
Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr has been placed on injured reserve after suffering what’s believed to be a hand injury last night versus St. Louis.
Regehr will miss 2-3 weeks, according to Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times.
Jeff Schultz has been called up from AHL Manchester. Either Schultz or Jamie McBain, a healthy scratch against the Blues, will step into the lineup tomorrow versus the Coyotes.
Regehr has played 30 games this season, logging an average of 19:03 per contest.
We mentioned the Kings’ blue line yesterday on PHT Extra. Give it a watch: