NEWARK, N.J. – The Bruins apparently have decided they won’t be losing any more games.
The B's matched their longest winning streak in three years by notching their 10th win in a row, a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils in which they never trailed. In fact, it’s been 16 periods since the Bruins last trailed in a game, dating back to March 9 against the Florida Panthers.
The 10-game winning streak ties Boston with the Anaheim Ducks for the most consecutive victories in the NHL this season.
The Bruins jumped up early with a nice piece of passing between Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith, but you know things are going Boston’s way when Bergeron fans on a backhanded shot that slips through the five hole of Martin Brodeur.
The Devils tied things up at the start of the second period on a Patrik Elias power play goal, but that was as close as the Jersey boys could get. The Bruins followed with a Brad Marchand shorthanded goal 54 seconds later, his NHL-best fifth shorthanded goal of the season, and Jarome Iginla notched his sixth goal in the last four games to put Boston front 3-1 Beyond that the Bruins defense plainly suffocated the Devils, allowing only 18 shots on goal and putting the clamps on a Jersey team that should have shown some playoff desperation in the final period.
Instead, Carl Soderberg fed Chris Kelly for his eighth goal of the season after getting behind the Devils defense, and the game was over for all intents and purposes. Chad Johnson was solid also, and improved to 15-3-1 on the season for the Black and Gold as Tuukka Rask’s understudy.