The Boston Bruins handled the New York Islanders last night and avoided a season sweep to New York in the process. The Bruins scored six goals to the Islanders three and the Bruins offense has catapulted with the recent play of the Bergeron-Marchand-Smith line as the B’s have scored 12 goals in the last two games.
Last night, the Bergeron line kept it going as they accounted for three goals and six assists. Brad Marchand’s play has the entire city of Boston over the loss of Seguin during the offseason as he has eight goals and six assists in just 11 games in January.
“We’re expected to do a job out there,” said Marchand. “We got contributions from every line. That’s how we win games and what makes us so tough to play against.”
The Bruins remained in second in the Eastern Conference and are first in the Atlantic Division by two points over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Goalie Chad Johnson has improved to 9-3-0 on the season in his 12 starts this season and has a goals against of just 2.30 and a save percentage of .918. Johnson is giving Tuukka Rask time to regain his composure after being a bit inconsistent in late December and so far in January.
The mostly defensive minded Zdeno Chara reached his 500-point milestone in the NHL against the Islanders and thought 500 points isn’t huge, it’s significant for a player that is Chara’s size with a defense-first mentality.
The Bruins will have to do without Chara for likely two games on February sixth and eighth as he leaves to be the flag-bearer for Slovakia in the 2014 Winter Olympics. For all that Chara has done for the Bruins organization, it seems like a small price to pay, but with the Bruins short on defenseman as it is, he’ll be missed.
After the Olympic break, the Bruins will have a hectic March as they will play 17 games in the span of 30 days. The Bruins next action comes tonight against the Panthers, when former goalie Tim Thomas steps in net at the Garden for the first time.