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Bruins prove they can do it all during 10-game winning streak

Nov 24, 2011, 1:02 AM EDT

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Remember when the Bruins lost back-to-back games against the Canadiens a few weeks ago? Well, that was the last time the Bruins lost and those games were played in October. It’s almost December. Sounds like a pretty good November, doesn’t it?

When the ten-game winning streak started, the Bruins were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and were hanging out with teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Winnipeg Jets near the bottom of the NHL standings. Now? Now they’re in first place in the Northeast Division and only a two points away from the top spot in the Eastern Conference—with two games in hand.

Wednesday night’s 4-3 shootout win against the Buffalo Sabres was just the latest victory in a streak that has featured all flavors of triumphs. They showed they could take an opponent’s best punch early in the game, defend themselves when needed, and still come out ahead on the scoreboard.  Just last game they went on the road and won a hard-fought, 1-0 game against their archrivals in Montreal. The game before, they blew the Islanders out of the water with a 6-0 win. Before that, they proved against the Blue Jackets they could pull out a win even when they didn’t bring their best game.

Tonight, they proved they could withstand an early charge and come from behind to win.

They’ve shown they win high-scoring affairs by averaging 4.50 goals per game over the stretch. They’ve shown they can win tight checking games by only giving up 1.7 goals per game during the winning streak. They have three shutouts and another game that they only gave up a single goal. All that adds up to the best goal differential in the league.

What does that mean? It means the Bruins aren’t just winning—they’re dominating.

Up next for the defending champs is a date with the Detroit Red Wings in the Thanksgiving Showdown on Friday afternoon. Will they be able to continue their winning ways against the talented (if not inconsistent) Red Wings? We’ll find out on Black Friday—but I’m not about to bet against them.

  1. govtminion - Nov 24, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    This might have been the most impressive of the ten- a very angry team, fired up for the game, playing very good hockey and scoring the first two goals on their way to make a statement. And the B’s STILL managed to eke out a victory (the Sabres played a hell of a game though!)

    I’ll be very interested in seeing how Detroit comes out to deal with these guys- the Wings have a legitimate ability to just go out and outscore Boston, should make for a great game.

  2. gallyhatch - Nov 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Agreed, impressive victory for the Bruins. I hope every Sabres / Bruins matchup is this exciting this year.

    Boston is playing some great hockey right now, and the Bergeron/Marchand/Seguin line is absolutely filthy. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s matchup against the ‘Wings, it will be the toughest one yet for the B’s.

  3. 8man - Nov 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    It was too early to bury them at 3-7 and it’s likewise too early to annoint them division winners or anything else now. However, they have come to together pretty well and even the most critical of fans would have to admit they look good! Eighty percent of the season left to go.

    Great test for them tomorrow on national TV against the Kings of Hockey Town. Good stuff!

    Go Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins!

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