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.
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.
It wasn’t an easy night for Brad Marchand. He seemed to be fighting the puck a little for much of the game, firing shots just wide of the net and then taking a bruising hit along the boards from Nashville defenseman Shea Weber in the third period for his trouble. But when it mattered most the scrappy Bruins winger stepped up, first putting an incredible fake on Predator forward Mike Fisher before ripping a wrist shot through the pads of goalie Marek Mazanec to score the game winning goal just 54 seconds into overtime, giving his team a 3-2 win and snapping a two game losing streak in the process. Bruin goalie Niklas Svedberg, fresh off yet another recall for Providence, got his first NHL win in his debut by stopping 33 Nashville shots.
You might not know it, but Johnny Boychuk isn’t all about killing goalies (sorry Robin Lehner) with slap shots or destroying opponents (too many to name) with bone-crushing body checks. He has a softer side, one that he uses to balance his on-ice aggression out when he’s off the ice. We got some spy shots of these peace-building activities.
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has been rather direct when answering questions from the media of late, and he once again pulled no punches last night when speaking about his team’s performance in Montreal. “That second period was atrocious and embarrassing, to say the least” said Julien, who also responded “everything” to the question of what went wrong. The Canadiens overtook first place in the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 victory at the Bell Centre last night, tallying both goals in a middle frame that also saw them outshoot the Bruins 18-7. Gregory Campbell scored Boston’s only goal, while Tuukka Rask took the loss in the Bruin net.