BOSTON – While the Bruins have plenty of more important streaks to worry about, given their current season-high nine game-winning stretch, they broke a pretty long one Monday night.
They beat the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden for the first time. Ever.
The Bruins got two goals from Jarome Iginla and one each from Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith in their 4-1 victory, their first Garden win against Minnesota, which entered the league in 2000-01. The B's had been a pathetic 0-6-0 against Minnesota at home, and overall have just three wins in 13 games against what’s been an up-and-down Wild team over the years.
“One of the guys brought it up," said Jarome Igimla. "[Milan Lucic] knows all the stats and he brought it up actually before the game, so we did know that. And it does feel good to be a part of their first loss. I think some of us new guys were probably a little bit surprised with that."
But, again, there are more important things to worry about. The Bruins now lead the Penguins by five points in the race for best record in the Eastern Conference, and have pulled to four points behind St. Louis for the best overall record in the league. They'll attempt to continue the overall winning streak, and get even closer to the Blues, on a three-game road trip to New Jersey, Colorado and Phoenix that starts tonight.