Week 4: February 1st- February 7th
1-1-2 (4 points)
–February 2nd- vs. Washington Capitals (L, 4-1)
–February 4th- vs. Montreal Canadiens (O, 2-3)
–February 6th- vs. Vancouver Canucks (O, 2-3)
–February 7th- @ Montreal Canadiens (W, 3-0)
First Star- Tuukka Rask (1-0-2, .957 save% [88/92])
- Rask is quickly becoming the guy. He has all but replaced Tim Thomas as the team’s number one goalie. Following the Bruins’ 4-1 loss to Washington on Feb. 2, Rask has started all five games since. They were 1-0-2 last week with Rask in net, and are 3-0-2 overall since the Rask-led five game point streak began. This improvement for the Bruins with Rask in net is no coincidence. He has been the better goaltender all season long and the training wheels are starting to officially come off. The Bruins have so much confidence in Rask that the Tim Thomas trade rumors are likely to start flying at a rapid pace as the March 3 trade deadline approaches.
Second Star- Marco Sturm (2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points, plus-1, 16 shots)
- Sturm is starting to look more and more like the player that led the Bruins in goals two years ago. Sturm leads the team in goals again this season and the total should only continue to rise from here. Sturm scored 2 goals in the 3-0 win over Montreal and has helped turn the Bruins’ fortunes around for the time being.
Third Star- Marc Savard (4 assists, 4 points, minus-2)
- Savard’s 4 assists this week is a welcoming sign. He has returned to his usual point-per-game self. It is no coincidence that the Bruins have improved as Savard has become more and more healthy. He has and will be the most important player going forward because of his ability to make everyone around him better.