Boston Bruins: Last Skate Of The Day, March 23, 2014


Mar 21, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Boston Bruins head coach

Claude Julien

during a time out in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The Bruins defeated the Avalanche 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the Boston Bruins won thirteen games in a row, I had just been born. Now, the Boston Bruins want to go and repeat that streak tomorrow night at the TD Garden. All they have to do is take on their perennial nemesis, the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens have bested the Bruins two out of three times this season (although the last match up was a 4-1 victory against them), and if any team is going to make life interesting (in the Chinese sense), it’s the blue, blanc, et rouge. (CSNNE)

There is always considerable fanfare when one of the oldest and most vicious rivalries in the NHL occur. The Boston Bruins used to be the whipping boy of the Canadiens, but recent history has reversed that trend. At the moment, the Bruins are comfortably in front of the Penguins in the East, and have a nearly insurmountable seventeen point lead over second place Tampa Bay in the Atlantic. Both teams will be bringing their best play (and in Montreal’s case, their finest dives) to the game. (Associated Press)

Speaking of the lead in the East, that lead remained at six points thanks to the St. Louis Blues blanking the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brian Elliott put in the only goal of the game stopping Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Penguins in their own home. (Pittsburgh Penguins)

While the Canadiens and the Penguins have had their spats of bad luck this season, they have been smart enough to avoid the black cat that has taken up residence in Vancouver. The Canucks chose to honor their captain Henrik Sedin for playing in his 1,000 career NHL game. He celebrated that milestone by getting injured in a pile up with the Buffalo Sabres’ Tyler Ennis. (Sports Illustrated)

Loui Eriksson has sprung back from the most injury prone season of his NHL career. After suffering two concussion this season, it was questionable what sort of impact the Swedish forward would have for Boston. Thanks to patience on the part of Eriksson and the Bruins organization, he’s certainly made a noticeable impact on the Bruins third (How Swede It Is) line. (CBS Boston)