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The Bruins have been so good this season, they lead the NHL in goals per game (3.43), goals allowed per game (1.91), and goal differential (+60). Simply put, they are the best team in the NHL.
That’s why their 4-2 loss last Saturday against the Stars was so surprising, though it is impossible (except in the NFL) to win every game you play.
The B’s bounced back in a big way Wednesday night, beating Martin Brodeur’s Devils 6-1.
It’s hard to believe, but the Bruins actually trailed in this game. David Clarkson scored his 15th goal less than five minutes into the game.
Then, the Bruins scored six unanswered goals. Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton added goals in the first period.
Patrice Bergeron made it 3-1 with his goal in the second period, before the flood gates opened in the third. Bergeron added his second goal early in the third, followed by goal for David Krejci shortly thereafter. Even Shawn Thornton got in the mix, scoring his third goal to cap the scoring.
Tim Thomas, after a shaky outing against the Stars on New Year’s Eve, was outstanding, stopping 30 of 31 shots he faced. He had his toughest time in the first period, finishing with 15 saves in the frame. It was smooth(ish) sailing from that point on.
“It was a tighter game than the score indicates,” Thomas said. “If Bergeron doesn’t get that fourth goal, it might have ended up differently. They had some sneaky chances on me, but it was nice that we scored a few more times to make it look easier.”
The Bruins next hit the ice Thursday night against the Flames.