Boston Bruins look to continue streak after holiday break

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 23: Patrice Bergeron
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 23: Patrice Bergeron /

The Boston Bruins are on a 4-game winning streak coming off their 3-day holiday break.

Boston Bruins fans have been treated to some great hockey as of late. They entered Saturday’s game versus the Detroit Red Wings with a three-game winning streak.

Tuukka Rask has been playing great in net, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have been spearheading the offense, and they have gotten some quality play from their group of rookies. The Bruins continued their great play as they beat the Red Wings 3-1.

The scoring began in the first period with the Bruins on the powerplay. The puck was being moved beautifully and David Backes fed Marchand with a beautiful pass and “Marchy” put it away for his 15th goal of the season.

It was a memorable goal for Backes who assisted on the play. He just welcomed a baby boy 12 hours before the game and Marchand made sure to grab the puck for Backes.

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Then about a minute or so later with the Boston Bruins still on the powerplay, Danton Heinen turned the puck over at center ice which turned into a short-handed goal for the Red Wings. Frans Nielsen shot just got by Rask as it seemed that if the goaltender could have squeezed his pads tighter he may have been able to stop the breakaway.

Now let’s fast forward to the third period where Patrice Bergeron took over. His first goal came early in the period. “Marchy” tee’d up the puck perfectly for Bergeron who rocketed one past Jimmy Howard. Then at the end of the game Bergeron, in a show of great effort scored an empty net goal as he was being taken to the ground.

Rask’s success continues

Tuukka Rask is in the midst of a great streak of goaltending. He has now won eight of his last 9 games. On Saturday he stopped 30 shots and made some impressive saves. Rask did have some moments where he did get saved by his defense though. One example was when Zdeno Chara stopped a puck right before it went into the net. It seemed that Rask is in position at times but isn’t able to secure the puck in his pads.

Nevertheless, Rask is getting the victories and that’s all that matters. The Bruins are now in 6th place in the Eastern Conference just behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and have rocketed up the standings.

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They look to continue their winning streak on Wednesday as they face the team that ended their season a year ago, the Ottawa Senators.