Boston, MA - The NHL season of the Boston Bruins for 2018-19 has now entered its final stretch of twenty-five games and the Bruins seem to be positioning themselves for a big run. After going 1-5 in a series of games earlier in 2019, the Bruins have flipped the script by pulling off a 5-1 run. Granted, the three games in the win streak that buoyed this impressive six-game record were against three of the worst teams in the entire NHL, but the Bruins defeated them handily and got in some good reps with a team that would be as healthy as it's been all season if it was not for the two weeks that David Pastrnak, the team's breakout star, is expected to miss after falling and injuring his thumb, an injury which required surgery.
Despite the loss of Pastrnak, the Bruins took care of business against the lower tier of NHL teams, which they have to do if they want to go toe to toe with the heavyweights.
In the first game of the streak, Boston downed the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 5-4, thanks to a shorthanded goal from Brad Marchand, a power play goal from Patrice Bergeron, and one goal each from Charlie McAvoy, Danton Heinen, and David Krejci. Bergeron, McAvoy, and Heinen also recorded assists in the match with Bergeron going for two total assists.
Secondly, Boston defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1 in overtime. Boston's lone regulation came courtesy of John Moore, with assists from McAvoy and Marchand, before Marchand ended the game just four minutes into overtime.
Lastly, the Bruins thrashed the Chicago Blackhawks in a 6-3 blowout to continue the streak on Tuesday. Two of Boston's goals came from Krejci, with one on a power play, and Peter Cehlarik added a power play goal of his own. The other three goals came courtesy of Heinen, Marchand, and Jake DeBrusk.
Tuukka Rask was in goal for the Los Angeles and Chicago games, saving forty-eight total goals across the pair of matches and Jaroslav Halak dominated in net versus Colorado as he allowed just one goal and saved thirty-five other attempts.
It was a much needed easy stretch for Boston and they will look to parlay it into a longer streak tomorrow night against the Anaheim Ducks. With a win, Boston would improve to 33-17-8 with, at least, a share of second place in the Atlantic Division.