Boston Bruins defeat Atlanta Thrashers, 4-0

ATLANTA — It was a game the Bruins won by four goals, which, for such an offensively challenged club, is a gulf as wide as the Pacific Ocean.

But it was a timely save by Tuukka Rask that triggered the blowout.

Up, 2-0, in the second period, Rask saw defensive-zone miscommunication — a turnover just as all his teammates were rushing the other way — explode into a breakaway attempt by the Thrashers’ Colby Armstrong, one that was foiled only by a Dennis Wideman hook. Just ...

ATLANTA—Boston was in danger of giving up the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Fortunately for the Bruins, they had the right team chasing them.

David Krejci scored a goal and assisted on another, Tuukka Rask blanked Atlanta for the second time this season, and the Bruins kept up their mastery of the Thrashers with a crucial 4-0 victory Tuesday night.

A four-game winning streak had pushed the Thrashers within a point of Boston for the eighth playoff bert...