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Bruins defeat Avalanche, win 11th straight game and clinch a playoff spot

Mar 21, 2014, 11:36 PM EST

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The Boston Bruins have clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs – thanks to their 11th consecutive victory.

Yes, they have won 11 straight games and, with this latest run, have to be considered the favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference later in the spring. The Bruins – Stanley Cup champions in 2011 and finalists in 2013 – held on to defeat the Colorado Avalanche by a final score of 2-0 on Friday night.

Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg provided all the offence the Bruins would need.

They would fend off the charges of the Avalanche, which included head coach Patrick Roy pulling Semyon Varlamov for the extra attacker with about five minutes remaining in the third period.

As per NHL.com, the Bruins would’ve clinch a post-season berth with any win over the Avalanche, or if they got a single point against Colorado and the New York Rangers lost in regulation to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

OK. The Rangers limited the options with their victory over Columbus earlier. But the Bruins didn’t seem to care about the scenarios. All they did was win. All they’ve been doing is winning.

  1. sabatimus - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Total awesome. Some sketchy moments in this game by the B’s though. Defensively. Some scoring chances that shouldn’t have happened. But 11-0-0 and a playoff spot works for me.

    Smith or Miller for 10th player.

    • sabatimus - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Er…7th player. Sox season is starting ;p

  2. slaugin - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    I’d like to throw Chad Johnson’s name into the 7th player pool 16-3-1 .926 SV% 2.04 GA and 5-0 in last 5 games. For a guy people were so down on when he won the job

    • matt14gg - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Absolutely…he won’t win it and I’m not saying he should, but he’s done a great job. A backup goalie has a very specific job description and he fits it perfectly. He will never be a starter in the league, but he’s a great bullpen guy. He has the “quietest” style I’ve ever seen. He just squares up to everything and lets the puck hit him. He makes every save he’s “supposed” to make.

  3. slaugin - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Soderberg is such a beast. His game is made for Playoff Hockey, I can’t wait to see it. And Kevin Miller gets better every game

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Bruins resemble the Hawks last year in many ways – outstanding balance, good depth. #2 offense, #2 defense, #1 team save #, 5th in SOG differential, #1 in goal differential, very good spoints and +/- depth. Top 10 in PP and PK. Clear favorite in the East. The biggest problem with objectively comparing them with the Blues is that the Bruins play in the weakest division or the weaker conference, while the Blues play in the Strongest division or the stronger conference. Looking at the Sagarin sports stat site, they have the weakest schedule in the league, Blues are 20th, Hawks 10th (don’t count the champs out yet).

    • endusersolutions2013 - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      17 thumbs down for building an objective case that this is a very good team. I then add a relevant caveat about strength of schedule. What’s with all the thumbs down – can’t handle an objective post? If someone takes the time to post something that has some research behind it, a reasonable response would be to refute it if my post was flawed.

      Common folks, step your game up of just read on.

      • gallyhatch - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        It’s a post suggesting the Bruins are not as good as people think they are. What do you expect?

        Your point about the schedule is a good one, no doubt.

        Another good stat is the Bruins record of 16-4-4 against teams from the Western Conference. Stats are fun.

      • pastabelly - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        It’s a silly and contrived post. First, each conference plays a balanced schedule, so it makes sense that the best team in the lesser conference will have the easiest schedule in the NHL. The Bruins, after all, are the ones pinning all of their losses on those teams. Of course, others have reminded you that the Bruins are 16-4-4 against the West. St Louis is 28-11-5. The Bruins have a better record against the West and St Louis has a better record against the East. What does that tell you? The answer is: NOT MUCH other than you can spin your “objective” post however you want. As they say, “statistics don’t lie, but liars love statistics.” This is why you have so many thumbs down for a contrarian comment on a Bruins themed post that is only meant to provoke.

  5. tdrusher225 - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    As a fan I love to see this, but I hope they don’t start buying into their own hype and developing bad habits. This winning streak has been fun, but we’ll see what they’re made of come playoff time. Also, gotta give the 7th player award to Smith or Miller. Hopefully the fans get it right after seeing Kelly and Paille get snubbed for Seguin and Hamilton the last 2 years.

  6. chanceoffleury - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Have they lost yet this month? I can’t recall it if they did. As if it wouldn’t be crazy enough to have 2 seasons in a row where teams went undefeated the entire month, it’s even a little weirder it’s happening in March both times! It’s always fun and good for the sport when teams go on tears like this, even if I curse said team out when their playing any of the teams I root for.

  7. slaugin - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    On the Bruins aren’t as good as Western Conf- I may be off a game or 2 but pretty sure their record VS the Westbis 15-4-2. I’d say they’d be OK over there

    • endusersolutions2013 - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      If you’re referring to my post, I did NOT say that the WC teams are better. All I said is that their great #s have to be considered that they are playing in the weakest division of the league, in the weaker conference. Sure they have good #s vs the WC cause they are an excellent team. Sharks, Blues, Hawks, Aves have very good records vs. EC teams as well. My point should have been obvious – they their #s would not be quite as good if playing in the WC. And the WC teams would have better #s if playing in the EC.

      I has being very complementary.

      Here’s how they stack up in the current Sagarin rankings. Scroll down further and you’ll see how the divisions and therefore conferences rate.

      http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nhl/sagarin/

      • shortsxit34 - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        You’re right. A much better assessment of teams skill is an algorithm that was created by a guy that isn’t even a hockey fan.

        With your logic the only way we could have fair standings is if each team played each opponent the same number of times. Then we can make up for any advantages created by schedule or divisions.

        On the other hand, even if every team played each opponent the same number of times, the first place team’ schedule would be easier than the last place team’s because they wouldn’t have to face the #1 team since it would be themselves.

        Anybody else have any ideas?

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    The streak is nice in all but that all gets tossed out the window come playoff time.

    • pastabelly - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:05 AM

      It’s tough to say about a tea coming off a 2-0 win, but the defense is not as strong as last year’s. There are still too many lapses that lead to breakaways and Chara has begun to show his age. Goaltending and the emergence of a third line (third line was awful last year) have made this a more complete team. 7th player should be Soderberg. Of course, Paille should have won last year and didn’t.

  9. penguins87and71 - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    I would like to congratulate the Boston Bruins and their fans on clinching a playoff spot and this 11 game winning streak. With that being said however if I were a Bruins fan I would be a little worried that the Bruins are peaking right now as a team rather then in the playoffs. I know from past experiences that when the Penguins go on a long winning streak, like last year, it might spell trouble come playoff time, (not saying this is the case with the Bruins). That’s why I’m thrilled the Penguins haven’t had any long winning streaks this year.

    • ryanw822 - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      The Bruins isnt a soft team who folds up anytime things dont bounce their way like the Pens. Plus The B’s dont have a mental midget between the pipes.

    • pastabelly - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      The Penguins need to learn how to play playoff hockey. The Bruins don’t have that problem. Their game is disciplined and pretty tight. That’s why the defenses lapses are a bit scary, but they are still playing as about as disciplined game as there is out there.

  10. rahavort - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    And that’s why Johnson is the best backup goalie in the NHL, he played lights out. This team is steamrolling right now. Ever since Soderberg moved to center he’s been a beast. Some great playoff hockey is headed our way!

    • shortsxit34 - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      I was pissed when they let Khudobin walk…so glad to see I was wrong.

      • matt14gg - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        You weren’t wrong, it’s just that Khudobin is capable of being a starter in the NHL so he had to move on if he wanted to do that. They didn’t really “let” him walk as much as they weren’t going to pay him what he was worth and he knew he wasn’t ever going to be the starter in Boston, so he wanted a chance with a team where the goaltending situation is a little less certain. There’s a great chance he will be the Canes starter next year.

  11. slaugin - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    I can’t argue that Boston’s D isn’t up to par with last year but the Offensive production from the Blue Line is light years better than last, which helps even it out

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