Bruins continue to surge

24 December 2017 22:37:12 GMTPlus11

The Boston Bruins made it four victories on the trot on Saturday when they defeated the visiting Detroit Red Wings 3-1 at the TD Garden.

With the Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres all flopping badly, it has been the Bruins who have taken the challenge to disengage from the pack and chase after the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division.

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, the latter twice, were on target for the hosts who had beaten the Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres and the Winnipeg Jets earlier in the week.

The Bruins, 5.00 to win the Atlantic Division, join the rest of the league in having three days off over the Christmas holiday before returning to the ice on Wednesday to welcome in the Ottawa Senators.

Boston then hits the road for three games through the end of the calendar year and into the New Year as they travel to play the Washington Capitals, the Senators and the New York Islanders.

Meanwhile New York snapped their two-game skid on Saturday when they eased past the Jets 5-2 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Mathew Barzal scored twice in the first period as the Islanders jumped out to a 3-1 lead and the former first round pick of New York, selected 16th overall in 2015, recorded his first career hat trick midway through the third.

The Islanders have not won back-to-back games since their four-game streak at the end of November and will hope to solve that troubling detail when they entertain the Sabres on Wednesday.

The Bruins are 5000.00 to win the Eastern Conference with the Capitals 2.40 and the Maple Leafs priced at 5000.00.

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