Bruins continue to surge
Make that five consecutive victories for the suddenly surging Boston Bruins as they defeated the struggling Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Wednesday evening at the TD Garden.
Two in the first, two more in the second and a final goal in the third did the trick for the hosts as Riley Nash scored twice with Kevan Miller, Danton Heinen and David Backes all lighting the lamp in the comprehensive victory.
At the other end, Tuukka Rask turned away 25 of the 26 shots that he faced in another strong performance.
Boston has got the better of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets and Detroit Red Wings as well as the Senators in the current winning streak outscoring their opponents 20-5 in the process.
That has done wonders for their goal differential, now a healthy +16, but also moved the Bruins into a tie for second place with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division, nine points behind the Division leading Tampa Bay Lightning and also nine points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens, Florida Panthers, Red Wings, Senators and Sabres have shown little potential to catch the three sides ahead of them and it would not be a surprise to see the Lightning, Bruins and Maple Leafs come out of Division for the playoffs even with over half a season remaining.
On Thursday, Boston moves on to play the Capitals in Washington before continuing on to play the Senators in Ottawa and the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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