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Boston Bruins crush Hurricanes for 8th consecutive win

The Boston Bruins are surging. They are by far the hottest team in the NHL. They are now winners of eight consecutive contests and now have the Atlantic Division essentially locked up.

The black-and-gold crushed the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, literally and figuratively on Saturday afternoon. In victory, Boston completed a three game season sweep of Carolina, all while maintaining the number one overall spot in the Eastern Conference.

Boston’s top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla paved the way for an easy two points.

Lucic set the tone for the Bruins, notching the team’s initial goal in the first period. The power forward exhibited a strong skating game, playing a downhill style while leaving a lasting imprint on the game. Lucic also added a pair of assists. He now has 11 career three point games.

Since making the move to Boston, Iginla has done nothing but produce. Iginla scored two goals in the tilt, both of which were assisted by Lucic. After only scoring four goals in his first 24 games, Iginla has found the net 19 times, upping his season total to 23.

Chris Kelly and Torey Krug also scored. Krug’s goal was his 14th of the year. With the goal, Krug passed Bobby Orr on the Bruins all-time rookie defenseman scoring list.

Boston carried a two goal lead into the second period and it was all they needed. Carolina scored just one goal and it came by way of Alexander Semin.

When leading after two periods, the Bruins are now 34-2 this season.

Chad Johnson was in net for the Bruins and he kept his home unbeaten streak alive. Johnson was quite impressive. He stopped 29 of 30 shots, improving his record to 14-3-1.

Not only did Boston bring it offensively, their hitting game was on display as well. The team combined for 27 hits. Lucic dished out 5 of them and Johnny Boychuk had four of his own.

The Bruins will next host the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

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