Bruins winning streak extends to winding road

Bruins winning streak extends to winding road
March 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
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DENVER – The Boston Bruins have plenty of gaudy stats they’ve tossed up over the last few months.

The 11-game winning streak has set the standard in the NHL this season, and the Bruins are on ridiculous 19-2-3 tear since beating the Dallas Stars way back on Jan. 16 that’s seen them pull away in both the division (16 points) and the conference (six points). The Bruins have also not trailed at any point in the last 19 consecutive periods of hockey that they’ve played dating back to a March 9 win over the Florida Panthers where they trailed briefly in the second period.

But perhaps the most impressive streak stat is Boston’s 10-0-3 record on the road in their last 13 games.

The Black and Gold haven’t lost in regulation since dropping a Jan. 9 game to the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center, and extended that good stretch of games with the 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Given the challenging compacted regular season schedule surrounding the Olympic break, the road dominance has been notable for the Bruins.

It’s also allowed them to pile up a 20-10-3 record on road this season, currently the best road winning percentage in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins coach said it all starts with their best player and tone-setter, Zdeno Chara.

“We knew we had to grind it out in the first, but the second period we got pucks behind their D’s and started playing in their end. We played a smart game, and that was kind of what we’re looking for,” said Claude Julien, of slowing down the Colorado attack in their building and becoming the first team to shut them out this season. “For the most part we’ve played smart on the road. You look at [Chara] tonight, and he was stellar back there.

“Everything looked easy for him. He was making easy, smart plays and really dominated the back end. That’s what you want on the road: smart decisions. We’re not the ones that have to put on a show, but we’re the ones that have to come out with a win.”

The Bruins will look to extend their road dominance a little more with the Saturday night game in Phoenix, and still have eight of their final 12 games this season played away from the friendly environs at TD Garden.