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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Anyone Want to Give the Bruins a Game?

In case you missed it, the Bruins are racking up wins left and right to the tune of the second longest win streak (9) in the NHL this season-behind Anaheim (10). Tonight the Minnesota Wild were the latest victim as they came into TD Garden, on St. Patrick's Day no less and put up a decent fight but still lost 4-1 (third time in four games that the B's have done that).

Boston's first goal was an indication that everything is currently going their way. Jarome Iginla dumped it in on Darcy Kuemper but he got handcuffed by the puck and subsequently let in one of the softest goals you'll ever see in the NHL at 3:52 in the second period. Iginla's 24th goal of the season was assisted by Matt Bartkowski and Andrej Maszaros. The Bruins showed off their skill in the next goal when Carl Soderberg wrapped around Minnesota's (35-23-10) net and threw a no-look backhand pass right on the money to Loui Eriksson. He didn't have time to react, only to bury it. 2-0 Boston at 11:55 on Eriksson's eighth goal of the season.

During this stretch, Boston is usually kind enough to give their opposition a sliver of hope only to stomp on it and crush their dreams of a comeback. Jason Pominville cut it to 2-1 at 18:34. His stick shattered after he hit the shot so that might have caused Tuukka Rask (33 saves) to be a little off with the puck coming to him.

Everything is awesome, no worries though gang! Reilly Smith broke a 15-game goalless streak to make Boston's lead 3-1 at 7:50 of the third period. Kuemper stopped Patrice Bergeron's turnaround shot but he left a juicy rebound on the doorstep which Smith got to first. Zdeno Chara had the second assist on Smith's 19th goal of the season.

It wasn't the Stanley Cup Final (haha possible preview though?) but Iginla was able to seal it with an empty-netter. That gave him his 14th career 25-goal+ season, he also leads the Bruins in goals which is pretty remarkable for a 36-year-old guy on a new team that went to the Stanley Cup Final last season.

Boston goes for a double-digit win streak tomorrow night (7, NESN) as they visit the Devils (29-26-13) who are led by former Bruin Jaromir Jagr and BC's Cory Schneider.

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