The Boston Bruins came into this afternoon with a seven-game winning streak on the line against the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the longest active winning streak in the NHL. Playing a complete game from whistle to whistle, the Bruins easily dominated the Canes. Boston’s 5-1 victory also earned the Bruins the season sweep of Carolina and a firm grasp on first place in the Eastern Conference.
The biggest problem for the Canes was their defense, who allowed the Bruins’ forwards easy entrance into the offensive zone on multiple occasions. It was the kind of situation that Boston can easily capitalize upon, and eventually did so.
David Krejci and Milan Lucic had absolutely superb afternoons, racking up a total of six points between the two. Jarome Iginla, with two goals to his credit, also deserves an honorable mention for his efforts. It was a lethal combination and helped Boston roll right over the Canes.
One of the biggest pieces to the Bruins’ recent success is playing the full 60 minutes and showing a total commitment to winning. Torey Krug’s goal with 10 seconds left is just one example of that never-sit-back attitude that’s been a consistent part of Boston’s game. Another key piece to Boston right now is Brad Marchand. His slow start to the season was troubling, but as of late, things have turned around. He has become that gritty, pesky player that has earned him a reputation around the league.
And if determination has been central to why Boston has been tallying up points, look no further than Johnny Boychuk to see how deep it runs. After taking a scary spill into the end boards, and limping around in obvious pain, Boychuk returned to play after a breather. Losing Boychuk right now would be a huge hurdle for Boston, so seeing him back out on the ice after a few tense moments was a sigh of relief. Boychuck currently has the third best plus/minus rating among all NHL defensemen.
In the end, it was all about taking control of the game and sticking to the game the Bruins wanted to play. When Boston does that, it’s an easy recipe for success.