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Who would guess this team could be this good? With a six-game road trip spanning across Canada at the end of February and into March, there was no guessing the Boston Bruins would go a perfect 6-0, or was there? After making a couple of trades before the deadline, the B’s have been unstoppable. On Tuesday night, the Bruins picked up the 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators to end the road trip.
With the new additions of Tomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, the Bruins have played like a team who wants to take it to the next level and compete for the Stanley Cup. Head coach Claude Julien knew that the Bruins have been playing well, and that it has translated into big wins on the road for his team. The six-game win streak is a season-high for the Bruins.
“This trip has been a great opportunity for us to introduce our new players to the hockey club by being on the road,” Julien said. “The timing was good. We’ve got a better record on the road than we do at home. We seem to play some really good, smart games on the road. Hopefully we can carry that back to Boston and be a little bit better there.”
With the win, the Bruins improved to 37-19-7 on the year, good for first in the Northeast Division. With 81 points, Boston is only five points behind Philadelphia for the best record in the Eastern Conference.
The loss was a tough one for the Senators, but wasn’t surprising [considering] this season. Ottawa now stands at 21-33-9 on the year, good for dead last in the Eastern Conference, and at 51 points, they are only three points ahead of Edmonton for the worst record in the league.
Tuukka Rask started in goal for the Bruins and had a very stellar night. He stopped all 33 shots-on-goal to pick up his ninth win of the season. That brings his record for the year to 9-11-1, far from where he was last season, but he is improving. Rask has quietly won his last four starts after starting off the year 0-4-1. The shutout was Rask’s eighth of his career and first since November 18, 2010.
Craig Anderson started in goal for the Senators and played a pretty good game; he just didn’t have the support from the rest of his team. He stopped 20-of-21 shots-on-goal, but saw his record fall to 16-17-3 on the year. Before Tuesday night’s game, Anderson had won three of his last four starts while allowing a total of five goals in that span.
The Bruins will have a day off on Wednesday before they head home to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston will look to take the season series against the team from Florida, as the B’s are 2-1 against the Lightning this season. Tampa Bay has played well this season; they currently have a record of 37-18-7. The team plays New Jersey on Wednesday night.