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With 21 goals in four games the Boston Bruins are amid a four game win streak and are looking to carry momentum into the winter Olympic break.
While the New York Islanders may not be the best of teams, actually they are one of the worst; they still seem to give the Bruins fits. Heading into Monday’s game the Islanders led the season series 2-0 despite trailing Boston by about 20 points in the standings.
Unfortunately for New York they weren’t ready for a Bruins team that was firing on all cylinders. After an impressive 3-2 win over the Kings on the previous Monday the Bruins used a solid four day break to get healthy and prepare for the Flyers. The time off proved beneficial as the Bruins dismantled the Flyers 6-1.
The Islanders were not intimidated as they traded goals with Bruins for the majority of two periods. The Bruins were finally able to break away late in the second period when Carl Soderberg broke a 3-3 tie. From there it was all she wrote as the Bruins skated to another six goal performance to win 6-3.
The Florida Panthers were the next unfortunate foe to get in the Bruins path. On paper the game was not significant as the Panthers were another bottom of the barrel team, but on the ice was a different story as Tim Thomas returned to the Boston ice for the first time since 2011.
After having taken the Bruins to the holy land with a Stanley Cup victory in 2011, Thomas had unceremoniously slipped into anonymity only to wind up in Florida.
The Bruins were unfazed and unimpressed as they were able to notch two goals in each period while cruising to another six goal performance, their third straight, and their fourth consecutive win.
While the Bruins players embarrassed Thomas as a goalie he ended the game by embarrassing himself as a player.
• Goalies Chad Johnson and Tuukka Rask have both notched 2 victories during the current 4 game win streak.
• After a 1 goal and 3 assist performance against the Islanders, Brad Marchand has 7 goals and 5 assists in the
last 7 games.
• This is the Bruins fourth 4 game win streak this season. They have yet to a 5 game win streak.
• The Bruins currently hold a 4 point lead in the Atlantic Division with 1 game in hand over the Tampa Bay Lightning. They are 5 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, with a game in hand, for the Eastern Conference lead.
Heading into the Olympic break
Next up for the Bruins are the rival Montreal Canadiens. Including the game against Montreal the Bruins have five games remaining before the break, four of which are at home.
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