BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins made it 10 games in a row after beating the Devils 4-2 Tuesday night in New Jersey. It matches the longest winning streak of the NHL season.
The B’s are now 10-1 in the month of March and look to extend their streak Friday night after two days of rest when they travel to Colorado to take on the Avalanche.
Dave Goucher and Bob Beers of the Bruins Radio Network joined Adam Jones following the game for some reaction and analysis. All four lines of the Bruins are on fire – something Goucher touched on postgame.
“The Bruins have had 16 different goal scorers during this 10-game winning streak and it presents just a heck of a matchup problem for other teams. You can’t really key on any line, especially the emergence of that Soderberg-Kelly-Eriksson line and how big that potentially could be for the Bruins down the stretch,” said Goucher.
Eleven Bruins had points in their win against the Devils, which only proves that point even more.
“The top three lines scored [against New Jersey] and the top three lines scored [against Minnesota] and that’s a tribute right now to the depth they have up front. You love what they have. You love those top 12 forwards. They have an enormous amount of depth up front, and the way they’re coming wave-after-wave they’re able to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes,” said Bob Beers.
After speaking with Goucher and Beers, Adam Jones provided his three highlights and lowlights from the game in a segment we call “Plus/Minus.”
1. Patrice Bergeron: With his first period, backhand goal he became the fourth Bruin to pass the 20-goal threshold on the season, joining Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic.
2. Brad Marchand: The agitator netted his fifth shorthanded goal of the season on a give-and-go from Bergeron early in the second period to give the B’s a 2-1 lead. Marchand is now the league leader in shorthanded goals.
3. Jarome Iginla: Just one minute after Marchand’s goal, Iginla put one past Martin Brodeur for his sixth goal in the last four games and his ninth in the month of March.
1. New Jersey’s second goal: It came as a result of a defensive breakdown between Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton.
2. Faceoffs: It’s the second night in a row they’ve struggled in the faceoff circle. They were even (28-28) against the Wild on Monday and were a negative in that stat Tuesday (34-28). Bergeron won just 9 of 19 and the combination of Soderberg and Chris Kelly combined to win just 6 of 13 faceoffs.
3. Matt Bartkowski: The rookie blueliner was a healthy scratch after a poor showing the previous night.
Listen below for the full postgame reaction: