Whew, what a month. The Boston Bruins completed an impressive month of March, winning 15 of 17 games (15-1-1) and adding points in sixteen straight with a 4-3 shootout win this afternoon in Philadelphia. Oh yea, they knocked off the Stanley Cup champs along the way as well, handing the Hawks a 3-0 shutout loss on Thursday. With the postseason just two weeks away the Black and Gold are showing no signs of slowing down, which should have B’s fans pretty excited at what’s to come.
With back to back wins over the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes this weekend, the Boston Bruins are now a single win away from tying their franchise record of thirteen victories in a row. Oh yea, and they were the first NHL team this season to secure a playoff spot, pushing their league best point total to 103, two better than the St. Louis Blues and a whopping six points ahead of their next closest Eastern Conference competition, the Pittsburgh Penguins. And with just eleven regular season games left, the B’s look primed and ready for a lengthy playoff run.
It was more of the same this week for the Boston Bruins, and boy is that ever a good thing. The Black and Gold rattled off three more wins to push their win streak to eight games, knocking off their rivals in Montreal on Wednesday before downing the Coyotes and Hurricanes respectively. With six additional points earned, Boston now sits in first place in the Eastern Conference once again, this time with a three point lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens do have one game in hand however). And how about their division lead you ask? Fifteen points now sit between the B’s and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Don’t look now but your Boston Bruins are in first place in the Eastern Conference (temporarily at least, Pittsburgh plays the Caps tonight with a chance to leap back in front). After stumbling out of the post-Olympic gate, the Black and Gold have rattled off five straight wins, including a pair of victories this weekend against the Lightning and Panthers respectively. And while their busy month of March continues with 11 games in 21 days remaining, the team is hitting its stride at just the right time with the playoffs around the corner. Let’s take a look at what is going right.
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.