Tuukka Rask became the Boston Bruins all-time leader in wins by a goalie, making 24 saves in a 1-0 victory against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Sunday.
David Krejci scored for Boston (28-17-7), which ended a 14-game losing streak (0-11-3) against the Capitals. Boston had not defeated Washington since March 29, 2014.
Rask (253 wins) passed Cecil “Tiny” Thompson. It was Rask’s second shutout of the season and the 43rd in the NHL.
“I enjoy it, obviously, but it doesn’t change anything, really, in my mind during the season or even after the season,” Rask said. “It’s just your name is in the history books, that’s about it. And then someday somebody else is going to come and break it, so hopefully I can put up a couple more and get some cushion.”
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said, “He’s done a great job for the Bruins organization for years, and his performance tonight was excellent. He was in control all night. We were pretty clean in front of him there till then end, and when we weren’t, he was there for us.”
Braden Holtby made 38 saves for Washington (28-18-6), which is 1-6-2 in its past eight games.
“We started to play our game in the last period and that’s not enough,” Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny said. “It’s as simple as that. Obviously, it’s a very tough loss. We have to be better.”
After being outshot 30-13 over the first two periods, the Capitals made a push in the third period without success.
“Couple times Rask made some good saves,” Washington forward T.J. Oshie said. “Looks were there. We’ve just got to find a way to put one in.”
Boston is 1-1-2 in its past four games.
Krejci scored at 10:43 of the second period on a one-timer from the left circle off a cross-ice feed from Torey Krug.