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.
Interest in today’s trade deadline certainly peaked after the Boston Bruins dropped back to back games to – shall we say – sub-par opponents last week, but a offensive explosion against the Rangers on Sunday and a ‘take-care-of-business’ approach last night against the Florida Panthers have things looking up once again. And while GM Peter Chiarelli took his normal ‘right pieces of the puzzle’ approach during today’s trade madness, he was able to acquire some defensive depth in the name of Andrej Meszaros (trade with Flyers) and Corey Potter (waivers from Edmonton).
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.
No words required. Almost too perfect.