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Bruins win 10th in a row, deal blow to Devils’ chances

Mar 18, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins face a final month that may challenge their current place as the clear top team in the East, but they kept rolling against a far more desperate team on Tuesday. By beating the desperate New Jersey Devils decisively with a 4-2 score, Boston is now on a 10-game winning streak while their opponents’ playoff hopes seem to be dwindling.

Here are a few quick notes about the Bruins:

  • They’re generally winning in impressive ways. Only one win in this streak came via a shootout. Eight have come by two goals or more.
  • Again, things could hit a wall at some point, as nine of their last 13 contests are away from home. That being said, it’s not like they live off of home cooking alone; the Bruins are now 19-10-3 on the road this season.
  • They’ve beaten teams that needed the points badly in the process; only Florida is totally out of the playoff picture. Teams like the Coyotes, Devils and Capitals surely had more to gain in games against the B’s, but it didn’t matter.
  • Jarome Iginla scored the 556th goal of his career, tying him for 25th all-time. He’s now on a four-game goal streak (six in that span). He also has an impressive 26 on the season.

It almost seems like the reverse situation for the Devils. They’ve lost by a combined score of 12-5 in these past three games. The saving grace is that they play four more in a row in New Jersey and five of their next six in Newark overall, but time is running out for the Devils to turn things around.

  1. 7mantel - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Thank you B’s !

  2. titansbro - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Bs on a tear. Can’t wait for the playoffs!

    • sanfranbruinsfan - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      League Rankings based on ROW (reg/ot wins)

      1. BOS = 45 in 69 games played (gp)
      2. ANA = 43 in 68 gp
      3. COL = 41 in 69 gp
      4. PIT = 40 in 68 gp
      5. STL = 39 in 68 gp

      • nunan - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        nice stat

  3. slaugin - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Big test Friday in Colorado but the Bruins are steam rolling right now. Just wearing teams down.

    • matt14gg - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Exactly right…they wear teams down. When you have the likes of Lucic, Iggy, Soderberg, Bergeron, etc. cycling with such physicality teams just give in to the pounding after a while. Lucic is a gimme: everyone already knows what he’s about, but watch Soderberg. He is strong, physical and is a freight train with the puck on his stick. There isn’t a team in the league that can match that third line (Kelly, Soderberg, Ericsson).

      • titansbro - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Soderberg is making unbelievable strides in his game. His offensive skills are impressive. He’s better than a 3rd line player & he is fitting in great with this team.

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Just because your rolling now with 10 straight wins that doesn’t mean you’ll instantly have that success in the playoffs, ex 93 & 13 Penguins. I believe someone either on here or elsewhere pointed out that Boston & Pittsburgh are the opposite versions of each other from a year ago at this time.

    • sabatimus - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM


      • c9castine - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:36 AM

        stop crying.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      I don’t think anyone is planning another world championship parade in Boston yet. We can only comment on the way that they’re currently playing. We’re well aware of last years’s epic neutering of the Pens last year, just as we are of the 2010 3 games to none collapse vs. the Flyers.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        Thank you someone with common sense unlike Sabatimus. Again I’m not dissing on Boston…they deserve to be the top seed as of now but aside from the Islanders of the early 80s, the teams win 10+ in row during the season generally don’t win the cup. Now sure they could prove it wrong but I’m just saying.

      • sabatimus - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        How about the five other people who thumbed up my post as of this writing? Wanna call them out too?

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Only if it makes you happy, lol.

      • sabatimus - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        All you ever do is naysay. You make every article you post on about the Pens whether it’s about the Pens or not. Grow up.

    • Moop - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      I seem to remember the Blackhawks winning a lot of games in a row last season…

    • itsallniceonice - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Last year was a half year. Means basically nothing.

      • tdrusher225 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        A long winning streak means nothing because it was a 48 game season? Right, that makes sense.

    • jimthebear - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      You mean Pittsburgh is playing good team defense? Ha, that’s funny.

  5. rogersjd16 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I was about to call out James for the terribly unnecessary “caveat” he tags the B’s 10 game dubya streak with, but at least he somewhat makes up for it with the road record stat. But still, why even say that? They’re dominating any and every one on Causeway St and on the road.

    Right now their top 3 lines are just skating circles around everyone. Sodeberg’s speed and strength down the wing and then dish to Kelly on the 4th goal tonight was just awesome. And of course Bergie and Smith’s little 1-2 on the first goal…Love it. Can’t wait for the titanic matchup with Hawks next Thursday (27th). Which happens to follow the Habs in town on Monday. That time of year!

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    The Bruins just had their way with the lowly Devils. The Bruins look like their starting to really take playoff form.

    It’s gotta be frustrating for Devils fans. Your team is in dire need of a youth movement and rebuild, and your GM blows a big opportunity to get a 1st round draft pick for Jagr and adds yet another bad veteran contract. Their GM has clearly lost it. Hopefully, when the Devils miss the playoffs again, the ownership will step in and start fresh with a new GM and coach. This team was fun to watch in the 90s and 2000’s when they were wearing down teams with amazing goal tending, defense, speed and scoring, but they refuse to change with the game. That can be a recipe for failure similar to like the Rangers having 1 championship in 70 plus years or like the Vancouver/Calgary eras of failure.

    • martysbetter - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      They have changed with the game, they play a very heavy and aggressive forechecking system a la LA Kings..they just don’t have the talent on the roster to compete.

  7. desertfan - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM


  8. 950003cups - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Time for the hard reality to be dealt with. Lou Lamoriello has to be fired. The sooner the better. He hasn’t built a winning team in 10 years. He was on record as being totally against the contract that got Kovalchuk. It was that same guy who led us to the finals in 2012. DeBoer has to be fired faster than the speed of light. It would not surprise me if Lamoriello “retired” this off season.

    For years he’s made the playoffs and got dumped in the first round. Mainly they won enough games to make the playoffs on the back of Brodeur. The rest of the team was a joke. Even today it’s a joke.

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