Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins are still in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, but as their star players, including Charlie McAvoy and Zdeno Chara, slowly begin to make their recoveries to the rink, the Bruins also slowly begin to make their ascent in the league once again. Throughout this plague of injured players, the Bruins have hung tough, but they've also dropped to a Wild Card spot while teams like the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Tampa Bay Lightning have dominated the division.
After a 3-2 loss to the Lightning, it seemed like the Bruins were good, but maybe not good enough to be a true powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. With returning players, though, the roster does seem to be gelling once again and they rebounded from the heartbreakingly close loss to Tampa Bay with an impressive performance against an equally formidable foe in Toronto.
The Bruins got off to an early lead while facing the Maple Leafs, which was enough to secure their lead in a concerning, goal-heavy third period. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson got the scoring going in the first period before the Bruins' lead was tripled in the second, thanks to Torey Krug and David Backes, on a power play.
Goalie Jaroslav Halak was competent for most of the game before giving up three late garbage time goals in the game. The Bruins matched them, though, with goals from Ryan Donato, Danton Heinen, and David Krejci, whose goal moved him past Cam Neely on the Bruins' all-time scoring list.
The Bruins followed up their thrashing of Toronto with a very close game against the Ottowa Senators. The only goal allowed by Tuukka Rask came from Mark Stone in the first period, but Brad Marchand evened the score on a later power play. When the game went to overtime, it was eventually finished by Torey Krug with his second goal of the year, as assisted by Krejci and Marchand.
The victory was an impressive one for Boston and they'll look to keep their momentum going tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes, in what's sure to be a solidly close game.