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Bruins can’t slow down despite eighth consecutive win

Nov 19, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins are putting the slow start to 2011-12 about as far away in their rear-view mirrors as possible. The B’s notched their eighth win in a row by pummeling the New York Islanders by a score of 6-0. They’ve now out-scored opponents 42-14 during that jaw-dropping stretch. Tim Thomas took the 22-save shutout while Chris Kelly got in the scoring mix with two goals.

Amazingly, the Bruins remain behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres for the Northeast Division lead. The Leafs and Sabres have 24 points while Boston has 22, although the B’s hold two games in hand.

In a way, it echoes the point I made about the New York Rangers’ seven-game winning being over; there’s so much parity in the league that there’s rarely a dull moment – even for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Six of their next nine games come away from Boston, so the Bruins can’t sit back on their latest accomplishments.

  1. 8man - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Eh. One game at a time. Collect points. Meanwhile the tandem of Thomas and Rask gets stronger. It’s only November. But other than game 7 of last years finals, I can’t remember the last time I saw so many smiles on the Bruins bench. They are having fun.

    We’ll see where they are late Monday night.

    Go Bruins!

  2. danphipps01 - Nov 20, 2011 at 3:36 AM

    Man, hockey unfolds in weird ways sometimes. It wasn’t so long ago that the Capitals were on a nine-game face-destroying streak and the Oilers and Stars were duking it out for #1. Now the Caps can’t catch a break against a Leafs team starting Gustavsson (and this marks the first time I’ve seen him let in only one goal) and Minnesota’s leading the League.

    Like I said. It unfolds in weird ways.

  3. 8man - Nov 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    It’s a long, long season. We aren’t even a quarter of the way through it. I don’t even bother with the standings until about mid-March. All I need to know in November and December is whether or not the Bruins won. Everything else sorts itself out.

    Monday in Montreal to face the Habs, off to Buffalo on Wednesday and then a matinee against the Wings on Friday. What a great week of hockey for Boston. Happy Thanksgiving, Bruins!

  4. emoser - Nov 20, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    This title makes absolutely no sense.

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