After suffering their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins vowed to improve their effort and get back to the consistent and hard working game that has earned them the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year. Back to back games with the Rangers and Blue Jackets provided the opportunity to do just that, and it was clear the black and gold meant business as they scored twice in the third period to down the Rangers on Friday afternoon before putting forth a dominant effort in a 3-1 win over Columbus last night. The twin victories closed out an eight games in fourteen days stretch that saw the Bruins go 6-1-1 to further secure their place atop the standings.
Before last night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, many of the Leafs players talked about how they were putting last season’s epic Quarterfinal choke job in the rear view mirror and moving forward. Unfortunately for them, Patrice Bergeron – who scored the tying and winning goals in game seven of that series – had other ideas. Bergeron tallied two third period goals and Zdeno Chara tallied his third goal of the season to lead Boston to a 3-1 victory at TD Garden last night, the Black and Gold’s second win in a row after dropping four of five. Tuukka Rask was once again stellar in the Boston net, turning aside 33 Toronto shots en route to the victory.
The playoffs may be six plus months away, but the game tonight between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins was a definite sneak peek of what you can expect in the postseason, perhaps even between these very teams. In the end one too many mistakes cost Boston, as the Bruins fell short in their comeback attempt suffering a 3-2 loss to Sidney Crosby and company. Patrice Bergeron and Jarome Iginla did the scoring for the black and gold, while Tuukka Rask took his second loss in as many games in the Boston net.
Before we go too much further though, congrats to the Boston Red Sox, 2013 World Series Champs!
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After an unimpressive effort that required a last minute goal to earn a win on Thursday against the Panthers, the Boston Bruins understood that they would have to be far better against a Tampa Bay Lightning squad who had won five of their last six games. On top of that, Tampa netminder Ben Bishop hadn’t lost yet this season and hadn’t given up more than two goals in any of his four appearances, not great news for a Bruins team that was having some difficulty finding the back of the net. But in a sign that perhaps this year’s team is finally starting to come together and click, Boston exploded for five goals last night at the St. Pete Times Forum to top the Lightning 5-0. Twelve of 18 Bruins had a point in the effort, and Tuukka Rask stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season.
It wasn’t perfect by any stretch but the Boston Bruins kicked off the 2013-14 regular season tonight with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Chris Kelly, Milan Lucic, and Patrice Bergeron did the scoring for the Bruins while Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots in the Boston net to earn the win.