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Bruins Notebook: B's Earn High Marks

by Dyan LeBourdais / Boston Bruins
Recchi Rakes the Leafs

Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi earned his seventh goal of the season and cemented the B's lead over Toronto late in the third period with a power play goal to make the score, 4-2.

“Yeah he [Toronto goalie Vesa Toskala] made the stick save and Wheels [Blake Wheeler] made a great pass over and he [Toskala] actually made a pad save to top it off,” said the veteran forward. “And then I was fortunate to bounce it right back on my stick but, you know, I stuck around the net and I got rewarded for staying around there.

“Wheels made a heck of a play to me and I tipped Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] shot. It was just going wide and I just missed putting that in and it went through the crease and Wheels just missed it.” Recchi continued. “It was good we got that fourth goal, it’s good we got that killer instinct to go out there and try and finish and get that two-goal lead.”

As Toronto tried to battle back by pulling Toskala, Bergeron gave Recchi another beautiful pass, which Mark then buried into an open-net goal with 11 seconds left in regulation.

Recchi is now 7-10-17 on the season.

“Bergy could have put it in himself, just as unselfish as he is,” said Mark. “I mean he could have put it in himself, but he gave it over to me, and it was pretty wide open there so I was fortunate to put it in. I missed one earlier in the year and, you know, it’s nice to get that and really close them out.”

Stuart: Steady and Strong
Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart also had another solid night. He netted the Bruins first goal of the evening with a slapper from the blue line at 8:01 of the first period.

An accurate pass across ice to Stuart earned Johnny Boychuck his first NHL assist.

“Yeah, basically we switched sides there so we could get that one timer,” said Stuart about his play with Boychuck. “[Marc] Savard did a great job in the face off and then I think it was [Daniel] Paille that got it back to Johnny [Boychuck] and then he got it right over to me so it was good.”

Stuart’s been one of the Bruins most consistent players this season, but the defensive-minded blueliner rarely finds himself on the scoresheet (2-2-4 totals as well as 26 penalty minutes).

“I’m not going to lie to you it is [big] for me,” said the defenseman thinking about his point total this season. “I try to concentrate on defense first and playing well in my own end, but you know everyone wants to chip in offensively, everyone wants to contribute in that way.

“It had been awhile so it definitely creeps into your mind,” said Stuart.

As for scoring his second goal of the season, Stuart said, “It felt really good.

“It has been way to long so it was kind of a relief to get that.

“Even better though to get the win.”

A Breakout Breakaway?
Midway through the second period Tuukka Rask made a highlight-reel save on a shot from Tomas Kaberle.

“I mean I got my leg across and he didn’t get the puck up and I made the save,” said the rookie backstop. “It was a big save because we scored right after that.

“You know sometimes it’s a huge help when you make a so-called timely save and you got the breakaway.

“We got the goal [and that] was huge for us.”

Seconds after Rask’s save, and after a nice defensive play of his own, David Krejci made his way down ice weaving through a swath of Leafs defenders for a breakaway goal that he netted after dekeing goaltender Toskala.

“Well I just blocked it and I saw the chance to go for it,” said Krejci. “So I tried to get on my horse and I think [a Toronto defenseman] fell a little bit.

“So it was a little break for me and then I was all alone…and I was just thinking [about] what kind of move I would do.”

As far as David’s offensive capabilities are concerned, nobody is less surprised than Krejci’s head coach.

“I still think he can keep getting better and that is not to say he is not playing well, but the goal he scored tonight was a lot of what we saw [David] Krejci do last year,” said Julien. “That’s timely goals, and he blocked a shot, and did a great job on the break away.

“But by the time he was done, all he had to do was hit the open net.

“He’s so good with the puck and has such good vision and good hands that when he does that with a little more speed, he is hard to stop,” he said.
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