PHILADELPHIA - After a sluggish first period, the Bruins found their rhythm late in Tuesday night's game, blanking a Flyers team that had not lost on home ice since February 6. With these two points, the B's are now the first team to reach the 100-point mark this season, and it doesn't stop there.
This also marks the third consecutive season that the team has reached triple digits in the league standings, all while under coach Bruce Cassidy. Accumulating 100 points in a season, without a doubt, is a record worth celebrating. However, in today's game, some players consider it less of a milestone and more of a necessity.
"These days it's one of those things, you almost have to get 100 points to make the playoffs," said Tuukka Rask after Tuesday night's victory at Wells Fargo Center"The league is tighter than ever and we're just trying to get a head start early in the season and keep that momentum going the whole year."
50 for Tuukka
Competing for a home ice advantage has become a crucial part of many NHL team's agendas near the final stretch of the season. Staying on top of the division and holding on to a lead can make all the difference for a team's postseason run. Tuesday night's performance in Philly proved that the Bruins have no interest in giving up free points to their opponents. They're all focused on playing their 'A' game every night, especially the man between the pipes.
"Yeah, he was excellent," said coach Bruce Cassidy when asked about Tuukka Rask's shutout performance in Tuesday night's 2-0 victory. "He didn't have his best against Tampa, we expect him to bounce back fairly quickly, he usually does. So, I'm not surprised at all tonight that he gave us a solid effort and a big reason why we won."
Tuukka Rask's 36-save shutout performance against Philadelphia is the netminder's 5th shutout of the season and the 50th of his career.
Video: Rask reacts after notching 50th career shutout
"He's that caliber of goalie. Even in practice, it's tough to score on that guy," added Charlie Coyle when asked about Rask's recent play. "The saves he had tonight were so huge. He did his job and we'd like to see it every night and we want to help him out as much as we can, I think we can help him out a little more, but we all have confidence in him."
"It's a great milestone, I didn't even realize," said Rask when asked about his recent achievement. "I've been around for many years, it's one of those things where you play enough games these milestones happen and it's definitely a good one."
Small details left off the scoresheet can sometimes be the difference maker in tight games. During a Bruins' power play in the second period, an odd puck bounce forced center Charlie Coyle to make a last-second diving play to break up a 2-on-0 in the defensive end.
"It allowed us to stay on the power play in a tie game and score the goals. Those are the things that don't show up on the scoreboard," said coach Bruce Cassidy regarding Coyle's effort. "It was a tough play at the blue line, didn't quit on it, stayed with it. I thought it was the play that may have changed the game. It certainly gave us life."
"It was a huge play because it was a tough bounce, I saw it develop there," added goaltender Tuukka Rask. "You're preparing yourself for that 2-on-0….I didn't realize how big of an effort he made to come back and he dove and cut that pass off, I think that gives us a lift."
Video: Coyle speaks with media after Bruins' win in Philly
Carlo & Krug Update
After Tuesday's win, Bruce Cassidy provided injury updates on Brandon Carlo and Torey Krug.
"They're both working their way back. Doubtful for this weekend," Cassidy said. "Gives an opportunity for Moore and Clifton to get back in the lineup. We thought Carlo might be a little closer, but it doesn't look like Friday is an option for him, but I'll have a better update when I get back to the rink on Thursday. I won't rule them out this weekend, but I'd put them at a fifty-fifty at best."
Video: Cassidy reacts to Bruins' 2-0 win over Philadelphia