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Boston Bruins edge Washignton Capitals, win Atlantic Division


The Boston Bruins earned their second straight victory and their 14th win in 15 attemps on Saturday afternoon. Boston defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-2. In victory, the Bruins locked up the Atlantic Division with two weeks left to play in the regular season.

Boston has only dropped three games, one of which came in a shootout, since returning fromH the Sochi Winter Olympic break. They’ve been the NHL’s most dominant team by far. Their spectacular exhibition of hockey has paid off, as the Bruins captured the Atlantic Division crown with the win.

Both Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic reached the 30 goal mark in the win. Iginla scored two goals, giving him 11 in his last 14 games. In doing so, Iginla moved into a tie with former Montreal Canadiens forward Guy Lafleur for 24th on the all-time goal scoring list.

Iginla has reached the 30 goal plateau in 12 seasons. The veteran winger had just four goals through the first 24 games of the season.

Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins. Bergeron, a guy mostly known for his elite defensive skills, extended his scoring streak to six games. He has seven goals in those games and 26 on the year. He’s certainly making a bid for being regarded as the most complete player in the game.

Carl Soderberg also added a goal for Boston. He now has a respectable total of 15 on the season.

For Washington, forwards Jason Chimera and Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied goals. Chad Johnson‘s play in net for Boston was too much for the Caps scorers to overcome.

Johnson turned aside 33 of 35 shots on the way to win number six in a row. He’s earned victories in 11 of his last 12 starts.

This game could have potentially been much worse for the Capitals. Goaltender Braden Holtby may have allowed four goals, but he was on par in the opening period. Boston hurled 15 shots on Holtby and he stood his ground, surrending nothing amid an intense barrage.

The Bruins will be in Philadelphia on Sunday for a tilt with the Flyers.

 

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