The Boston Bruins continued on their fantastic winning streak Saturday night when they defeated the New York Islanders by a score of 6-0. It was the Bruins eighth win in a row, and the fifth game of the winning streak where they scored six goals on the button. Here are my five observations from this contest.
Number Five- Andrew Ference
Ference had a rough game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets when he was recovering from a lower body injury. This game felt like a bounce back of sorts, as I saw a lot of differences in Ference’s game. He seemed more willing to submit himself to physical contact and got more emotionally involved as well. Before the injury, Ference was having a good season, and it looks like he is on that path again.
Number Four- Chris Kelly
Kelly continues to be an important member of the Bruins lineup, night in and night out. Since acquiring him from the Ottawa Senators during last year’s trade deadline, Kelly has become a leader on the team and has also contributed offensively, like he did tonight. He scored two goals for the Bruins in their win, while also serving as the alternate captain.
Number Three- Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask played great against the Blue Jackets on Thursday night, but he was outdone by Tim Thomas, who shut out the Islanders to become third all time Bruins goaltending shutouts leader. Thomas is not having the historic season that he had in 2011, but no one really expected that again, but he has still been very good for the Bruins, which is good enough.
Number Two- Second Line
The second line continues to serve as the top line in Boston. Patrice Bergeron scored last night, on a very pretty pass from Tyler Seguin. Brad Marchand also had an impact. Like I have said many times, it is no coincidence that the Bruins have won eight games in a row with this line so hot.
Number One- Scoring
In a postgame interview, Tim Thomas was asked why the Bruins have played so well lately. His answer? “We’re scoring goals.” And it is true. The Bruins have scored five goals or more in six of the eight games they have won in this stretch, and six in four of them.
The Bruins return to action Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens.