As successful as the five representatives of the Bruins were in this year’s Olympics, their return to Boston and NHL action has been anything but. After a disappointing overtime loss to the league worst Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, the Black and Gold faired no better this afternoon at TD Garden, taking a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 42nd and 43rd goals for the Caps, while Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton handled the tallies for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask took the loss with a 27 save effort.
Given the state of the Boston Bruins blue line heading into last night’s game with the St. Louis Blues, you might’ve not been too surprised to see the B’s take a beating at the hands of one of the best teams in the Western Conference. But despite being without Zdeno Chara (Olympics) and sporting a defensive corps that included five players with a combined games played total less than Johnny Boychuk’s 297 career games, the Black and Gold rallied from a two goal third period deficit to earn a point before falling to the Blues in overtime, 3-2.
Looking to avoid a repeat of their meeting earlier this season, the Boston Bruins took care of business against a battered Vancouver Canucks team last night at TD Garden, earning a 3-1 victory with goals from Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla and Daniel Paille. Tuukka Rask had a strong effort in goal stopping 27 of 28 shots he faced, and the Bruins now sit just five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.
Less than 48 hours after one of their worst performances of the season against the Canadiens, the Boston Bruins came back with a far more determined effort this afternoon as they downed former teammate Andrew Ference and the Edmonton Oilers by a 4-0 score at the Garden. Back-up goaltender Chad Johnson earned his first shutout of the season with a 22 save performance and nine Bruins had a point in the victory, which keeps a six point cushion between the B’s and the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic division.
It’s been a busy few days when it comes to Boston Bruins hockey, but busy in a good way. After embarrassing the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday the Black and Gold ripped off convincing wins against both the Islanders (6-3) and Panthers (6-2) on consecutive nights, besting former Bruin Tim Thomas last night at the Garden. Boston’s top two lines remained sizzling, with seven of the team’s twelve goals coming from current top six forwards, while captain Zdeno Chara earned his 500th NHL point on Monday after scoring a goal against the Islanders. Let’s take a look at what’s going right at the moment for the B’s.