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).
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.
With the threat of taking zero out of a possible six points on their three game west coast road trip looming large over the Boston Bruins, the black and gold finally responded with a solid team effort to earn a 1-0 win over the Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose last night. Carl Soderberg scored the game winner midway through the third period while Tuukka Rask bounced back after two subpar efforts to earn his league-leading fifth shutout of the season.
Just two nights removed from a subpar showing in Anaheim, the Boston Bruins were hoping for a rebound performance in LA last night in the second game of their current west coast road trip. Instead, the team allowed three goals in the first 22 minutes of the game, including two in a 1:01 span to begin period two, sending the Black and Gold on their way with their second straight loss by a score of 4-2. Matt Fraser and Justin Florek scored for the B’s, while Tuukka Rask was pulled after allowing the first three goals en route to this eleventh loss of the season.