Boston Bruins silence Senators, extend points streak to 18 games

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 25: Mike Condon
OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 25: Mike Condon /

Bobby Orr was in his third season the last time the Boston Bruins had a point streak this long.

The Bruins rolled into the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night with a certain air of confidence. Even after losing top scorer Brad Marchand for five games. This team has been irresistible of late. You can’t even call it recent form anymore, It’s a month and a half since the B’s last lost in regulation.

Tonight the Boston Bruins tied the record for second longest point streak in franchise history. It’s 18 consecutive games from which the Bruins have plucked at least a point. Sporting a 14-0-4 during this span.

They’ve won five on the trot now, and as such fans around the league are awakening to Boston’s contender status.

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OTTAWA, ON – JANUARY 25: Boston Bruins Defenceman Adam McQuaid (54) takes down Ottawa Senators Center Colin White (36) during second period National Hockey League action between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators on January 25, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Keeping the run alive approaching the All-Star break was important, a loss tonight would have taken the air out of their ‘tires’ (no pun intended).

Even though the Bruins outshot the Sens 20-7 in the opening frame, Ottawa would head into the dressing room with a lead.

Danton Heinen‘s 11th of the season pulled the Bruins back into the game after somehow falling behind to an unfortunate bounce off of McQuaid’s skate. The goal was credited to Thomas Chabot.

Tim Schaller (6th) gave Boston their first lead of the night, fed in behind by Patrice Bergeron on a short-handed breakaway. Schaller flicked the puck high, over Condon’s glove.

Jake DeBrusk netted the Bruins game-winner from a bad angle that hit Condon’s stick and bobbled in. Given Chabot’s slice of fortune in the first, it seemed as if the hockey gods were feeling fair tonight.

If it wasn’t for Mike Condon, the score would have been uglier. Saving 41 of the 44 shots directed at his net, a .932 SV% whilst losing 3-2 is impressive.

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 of 23, finishing his night with a .913 SV%.

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All-Star Break

The Bruins won’t be back in action until Tuesday where they face the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden. The Ducks come into the Garden rocking a 6-3-1 in their last ten, they’re starting to heat up. With a playoff spot within arms reach for Anaheim expect this physical team to have intensity from the off.