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Bruins keep on rolling, defeat Wild for ninth straight win

Mar 17, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

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A 4-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild on Monday night gave the Bruins their ninth consecutive win, and that has increased their lead atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Against the Wild, the Bruins once again got strong goaltending from Tuukka Raskwatch this glove save on Mikko Koivu in the second period – and veteran forward Jarome Iginla continued to contribute, scoring twice, although neither goal was of particular beauty. He’s now up to 25 goals on the season, and six goals in his last five games.

At this point in the season, with the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins dealing with injuries, it would appear the Bruins are again the frontrunners to come out of the East later this spring. If they were to make it back to the Stanley Cup Final – we said ‘if’ – that would make it three times in four seasons the Bruins make it to the championship series.

  1. bsfan77 - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    4 lines rolling. Balanced scoring throughout, young D gelling, Tuukka is playing great. Congrats Iggy on number 555! Keep it up boys!

  2. 19to77 - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Love ’em or hate ’em, the Bruins are playing amazing hockey right now. The Krejci line has been dominant but as usual with the B’s it’s a great, consistent team effort. They’re getting their goals from all over the lineup and they’ve withstood the tests to their defensive depth admirably. Plus Rask is, as usual, stoning everybody in sight.

  3. bsfan77 - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Depth, depth, depth!

  4. valoisvipers - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    9 Straight is impressive but they have to watch that they don’t peak to early. The regular season doesn’t mean Jack, it’s all about the playoffs and going into them playing your best hard nose hockey.

    • stratomaticfan - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Can we put this “peaking too early” nonsense to bed? This is a team that has not lost 3 straight all year. They’re a model of consistency. They’ve won 9 in a row and STILL have not played their best hockey. They’ve been sloppy, giving up a lot of odd man rushes (unusual for their defense first style), yet have been outworking their opponents and making up for mistakes. If they put it all together, nobody beats them. I guess we’ll wait and see if it happens…

      • hockey412 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Might be something to it, in the B’s case. Remember how they seemingly “flipped a switch” last year after the Leafs’ series (that they came damn close to losing).

        You are correct, IF they put it all together, but there’s no sense in pretending that they have always been a model of consistency, in fact they have not.

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      I think the Bruins are aware of the difference between the regular season and the playoffs. Right now they can only play the regular season though and continue to shuffle the defense, allowing some to rest and others to get familiar with new defensive partners. It would be nice to see Chara get a couple of healthy scratches to give him some rest. I’m guessing Johnson plays a bunch of these games down the home stretch including tonight in NJ.

  5. nunan - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I think we know enough about them at this point that ‘peaking too early’ is not something they’d do. They’re to much of a deep, veteran team to fall into that trap. If this were a random team just making a run, it’s a valid point. I don’t think it applies to the Bs though. They’ve been through it all.

  6. nunan - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Some sketchy D tonight at times. Great experience for the younger guys but Boychuk’s and McQuaid’s return will be a welcome sight..if McQuaid returns. His injury just keeps lingering.

  7. bsfan77 - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Balanced teams win cups!

  8. blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    GOOD !

    Those bastards were breathing down our necks and therefore ‘well done’ Bruin friends ! Now we Kings just need to take care of business against Bettman’s ‘desert experiment’ and all will be well ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. bruinsfan55 - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Awesome game to be at and LETS GO BRUINS!

  10. blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    The only thing I got from this ‘story’ is….

    KINGS RULE!!!!!!!

    GO KONGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • govtminion - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Please stand in traffic.

  11. wildfan247 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Curse you #12, once again you use my Wild as your own little point making machine… Onto the Islanders…

  12. toiletclown - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    cant wait until the pens beat these punks

    • dropthepuckeh - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      The Penguins would have to advance far enough to play the Bruins first. Unless they choke away the rest of the season and drop far enough to play them in the first round….

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Good to see you’re an imbecile.

    • pahkthecah1387 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Just like last season….?

    • pahkthecah1387 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Just like last season….?

  13. the8man - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    toiletclown – Mar 18, 2014 at 6:15 AM
    cant wait until the pens beat these punks
    Yes, because the Pens did such a good job of that last year. Lot likely to happen in between now and the “next time” they meet. The playoffs tend to take some twists that most don’t predict.

    • toiletclown - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:33 AM

      new year son, when pens are healthy they are ridiculous, and its coming sooner than later just be prepared.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        When they are healthy, but they aren’t. Injuries are a part of the game as the Bruins know very well. Bruins would be better with Seidenberg and McQuaid on defense right now. Marc Savard would help too.

      • pastabelly - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        Penguins fans should be worrying about how they’re going to get past the Flyers and not about how they stack up against the Bruins.

  14. crusty14 - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Pens fans on here are ridiculous!

  15. slaugin - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    How exactly would Marc Savard help this team right now after not playing in 4 years? He’s certainly not taking Bergeron or Krejci’s spot

  16. scalfor3 - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Not many teams out there with enough depth to put Louie Erikson and Carl Soderberg on the third line. Speaking of Soderberg, how does he not get mentioned in this article? That assist was a beauty.

    • nunan - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Guy is fun to watch! So big and takes really powerful first strides…protects the puck. Also, Eriksson is a legit first liner on most teams. Between adjusting to the new system and the concussions, new linemates, etc, he has obviously been slow to start but he is rounding into form. Before the lockout, he was a consistent 70 pt player…which would lead the Bs in points most years. Haven’t even begun to see what he is capable of on this team. Talk about a third line that matches up well against every team.

      • scalfor3 - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Yup, people talked about the Bruins depth for years, but this is the first time in the Julien era that they’ve really had four consistent lines. Excited for the playoffs.

    • shortsxit34 - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Most people don’t even know who Soderberg is until their team is forced to play against him.

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