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Winning ugly: Bruins extend winning streak to seven games

Nov 17, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

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It wasn’t as decisive as fans in Boston may have liked, but the Bruins extended their winning streak to seven games as they beat the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets by a 2-1 score in a shootout.

Thursday night’s game featured the worst team in the league playing on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champs. The champs also happened to enter the game on a six-game winning streak—so the outcome really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, right? But it was the way the Bruins won the game that should raise a few eyebrows around the league. In that, they weren’t very impressive at all.

The Jackets scored the first goals of the game against back-up Tuukka Rask, but despite a strong effort, they were unable to get any other pucks past the Finnish netminder. The Bruins knotted the score at 1 and escaped to a shootout, where they finished off the comeback by beating Jackets’ goaltender Curtis Sanford twice in the skills competition. That’s right, the high-flying Bruins were only able to score a single goal against the Blue Jackets back-up in 65 minutes.

Even though Boston produced an underwhelming effort, the Bruins have been dominant over their seven game winning streak. The win was their fifth in their five game homestand. In fact, they scored 22 goals over the first four games of the homestand. But Thursday they proved they would win when the goals aren’t flowing as freely.

At the end of the day, another win is another win for the streaking Bruins. Likewise, another loss is just another loss for the Jackets who still haven’t won on the road this season.

  1. 8man - Nov 18, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    All wins are beautiful. There aren’t any pretty losses. And Rask looked pretty good last night. Good news for what was a jubilant Tim Thomas who relishes a night off. It’s coming together for the team in Hub.

    Go Bruins!

  2. ballistictrajectory - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    If the Blue Jackets have played every game like they played last night there’s no reason for them to be at the bottom of the league. Both teams had their share of bad luck last night; Columbus being the unluckier one.

    • govtminion - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

      Agreed- Columbus looked pretty good last night from what I saw. On paper, a total mismatch of a game, but they really took it to a Bruins team that seemed a little surprised by it all. If they gave that effort level against most other opponents they’d have walked out with a win- as it is, that could have easily gone the other way.

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