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.
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).
Less than 48 hours after one of their worst performances of the season against the Canadiens, the Boston Bruins came back with a far more determined effort this afternoon as they downed former teammate Andrew Ference and the Edmonton Oilers by a 4-0 score at the Garden. Back-up goaltender Chad Johnson earned his first shutout of the season with a 22 save performance and nine Bruins had a point in the victory, which keeps a six point cushion between the B’s and the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic division.
It’s finally official, after much debate and quite a bit of outrage (especially if you’re a Bobby Ryan fan) the 2014 Sochi Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament rosters were announced today. Five Bruins ended up making the cut, Patrice Bergeron for Canada, Zdeno Chara for Slovakia, Loui Eriksson for Sweden, David Krejci for the Czechs and Tuukka Rask for Finland. Bruins coach Claude Julien will also serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada.
Given the hype surrounding Jarome Iginla’s return to Calgary, the Bruins’ current injury situation, and a basement dwelling Flames squad on deck, it wouldn’t have been too much of a surprise if the Black and Gold weren’t at the top of their game heading into last night’s contest. And for forty minutes, that was definitely the case. But third period strikes from David Krejci and Reilly Smith and more solid goaltending from Tuukka Rask allowed the B’s to escape with two points and push their current win streak to three games.