It's nearing the end of November and the Boston Bruins are looking pretty good. Despite a tiny blip last week, Boston is back to its regular form. After Saturday's wild comeback win against the Minnesota Wild, the team is now 9-0 on home ice and remains as the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home.
Coming into this Tuesday's bout against Montreal, the B's have now won three games in a row. The team started their streak this past Tuesday night when they faced the New Jersey Devils. Both David Pastrnak and Matt Grzelcyk netted two goals each, while New Jersey-native Connor Clifton potted one. David Krejci slotted up on the top-line as Patrice Bergeron was nursing a nagging lower-body injury.
Rask made 25 saves for the Bruins and they are now 8-1 in their last nine games against the Devils. The 5-1 win over New Jersey was a good confidence booster and the team took advantage of a struggling Devils team. It was also the first multi-goal game for Grzelcyk.
The Bruins extended their winning streak after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in a tight game at TD Garden. Boston had a tough time getting shots against a fast Buffalo team, with the Sabres having the first 14 shots. Despite the lop-sided shots on goal for Buffalo, the B's managed to win.
Buffalo opened the scoring in the first as Rasmus Ristolainen snapped one in on a power-play. Brad Marchand tied things up in the first on a tip-in. Marchand would score on a power-play, giving the B's a 2-1 lead in the second. Early in the third period, David Pastrnak would net his 20th goal of the season in the third period, one of the fastest to do so by a Boston player since Cam Neely.
In what is perhaps the save of the year, Tuukka Rask made the highlight reel. As he lost his stick in front of the net, Rask made a diving save with his blocker denying Evan Rodrigues, keeping the score 3-1.
Wild About Boston
Both Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug returned to the lineup (Bergeron coming back in Buffalo) for Saturday's bout against the Minnesota Wild at the TD Garden. Krug wasted no time getting back into familiar form. Boston would have a tough, and at times, frustrating game against the Wild. Halak would be replaced by Rask in net as he wasn't feeling well (he made 32 saves).
The Bruins had seven penalties and found themselves behind throughout the game as the Wild got on board first. Boston managed to tie when Jake DeBrusk made it 1-1, however, Minnesota came back and was up 3-1 in the second. With seconds left in the period Brad Marchand scored, making it 3-2. The Wild's Kevin Fiala would extend the lead 4-2 in the last five minutes of the third.
As luck seemed to be on the Wild's side, Boston would draw a penalty in the last few minutes. With Rask pulled for an extra skater David Krejci would score, making it 4-3. Once again the Wild was called on a tripping penalty and once again Krejci would score, tying it 4-4, forcing overtime. Torey Krug would skate past the defense, deke on his backhand, and slip one past Alex Stalock; Shocking the Wild as the Bruins defeated them 5-4.
Boston will next face the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday at the Bell Centre (Centre Bell) in the first game of a back-to-back. The Canadiens will look to bounce back after a dramatic defeat by the New York Rangers. After being down four goals, the Rangers defeated the Canadiens 6-5 on home ice. Montreal had a 4-0 lead. However, the Rangers managed to score two goals in 56 seconds to cut the lead. The Canadiens were up 4-3 going into the third. New York stormed back to score three goals in the final period.
Montreal is now 11-7-5 while Boston improves to 15-3-5. The Bruins still lead the Atlantic division, while the Canadiens are at a respectable third position. In their last 10 games Boston is now 5-2-3 and Montreal is 4-3-3. Tomas Tatar leads the Habs with 20 points and 13 assists. Brendan Gallagher leads them with nine goals. Brad Marchand leads the B's with 39 points and 23 assists. David Pastrnak leads the team and the league with 20 goals and 11 powerplay goals. Marchand is third in the league in points, and is tied in first for plus-minus (17).
WHEN TO WATCH: Tuesday, November 26th with puck drop @ 7:00 pm
WHERE TO WATCH: NESN, ESPN +
On Wednesday, Boston will face the Ottawa Senators at the Canadien Tire Centre. Ottawa is now 11-11-1, and are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. Senators Center Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads the team with 19 points and 13 goals. Thomas Chabot leads the team with 12 assists. Ottawa is seventh in the Atlantic Division, and won their third straight by beating the Rangers 4-1 last Friday.
WHEN TO WATCH: Wednesday, November 27th with puck drop @ 7:00 pm
WHERE TO WATCH: NESN
The Bruins face the New York Rangers for a matinee game at the TD Garden on Friday. In their last 10 games the Rangers are 5-4-1, with Artemi Panarin leading the team with 27 points. He also leads the team with 12 goals and 15 assists. As mentioned above, the Blueshirts stunned Montreal in a comeback win, defeating the Canadiens 6-5.
WHERE TO WATCH: Friday, November 29th with puck drop @1:00 pm
WHERE TO WATCH: NBC
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