Bruins Continue Streak With Big Wins Over the Lightning and Devils
Boston, MA– After the seven game winning streak from the Boston Bruins (buoyed by a 9-1 record over ten games) came to an end against the St. Louis Blues, it seemed like the Bruins were being called back down to Earth. But now, that loss to the Blues seems like a minor blip for a Bruins team that is firing on all cylinders with three consecutive wins after the Blues game. In their last 14 games, the Bruins are now 14-0-2. They have to be the hottest team in the NHL right now with a stretch that mirrors some of the best in franchise history.
After their 4-1 drubbing of the San Jose Sharks, the Bruins were sent to tangle with the best in the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have had Boston's number over the course of the entire season. Boston is still 17 points back of Tampa Bay so they probably won't be catching them, but their 4-1 win over the Lightning was great for a boost in morale. It also helped them maintain their three point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second in the division and in the conference with a 39-17-9 record and fewer than 20 games remaining in the season.
On a ten game winning streak, Tampa Bay was red hot against the Bruins. But Boston was hotter as the Bruins scored three goals in three minutes in the third period to lift themselves over Tampa Bay with four total goals by Jake DeBrusk (on a power play), Noel Acciari, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand. The Thursday night home game was supported by Tuukka Rask, who saved 20 shots on goal.
The Bruins followed up their blowout of the Lightning with a much tighter home game on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils. Rask again saved 20 shots, en route to blanking the middling Devils and Marchand's power play goal in the first period was the difference in Boston's narrow 1-0 victory.
The Bruins are surging right now and they're a lot of fun to watch! Unless you're rooting for the other team, of course.