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.
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.
It was the proverbial Stanley Cup rematch as the Bruins took a trip to Chicago this afternoon for their first matchup of the season with the Blackhawks, but unfortunately the result was the same as the B’s suffered a 3-2 shootout loss at the hands of one of the best in the West. There were some positives as Brad Marchand continued his solid stretch of play scoring both Boston goals, but a soft second period Brandon Bollig goal and strikes from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the shootout put a damper on a pretty good overall performance from the Black and Gold.
I’m a little late to the dance with the recap of last night’s game, so you’ve probably seen by now that the B’s lost for the third time in their last four outings, falling to the Leafs by a 4-3 score. Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell did the scoring for the Black and Gold, while Tuukka Rask once again had a bit of a tough night allowing four goals on 26 shots. Here are a few observations from the game along with a look ahead to tomorrow night’s matchup with the Stars in Dallas.