BOSTON – Any worries about rust gathering on the red-hot Bruins over the three-day holiday break appears to be completely unfounded.
The Bruins scored early and thoroughly dominated the struggling Ottawa Senators en route to a final 5-1 win at TD Garden that gives the B’s five wins in a row with the holiday break sandwiched right in the middle of their win streak. The Bruins have now won 14 of their last 18 games and continue to show a winning combination of offense, defense and goaltending that doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere else anytime soon.
The Bruins kicked it off with a pair of goals in the first period to keep the pressure on the Senators, and they never looked back. Kevan Miller drilled Mike Hoffman with a big hit at the Bruins net, and then hustled to the other end where snapped home the rebound of a David Backes shot for his first goal of the season.
Three minutes later Ryan Spooner aggressively attacked the Ottawa net with speed, and fed Danton Heinen crashing backdoor for his ninth goal of the season. Then it was the Riley Nash show in the second period as the two-way center added a pair of goals sandwiched around an Ottawa goal for rookie defenseman Thomas Chabot.
The second score was particularly pretty for Nash as he dangled his way to the Senators net and forced a puck through Craig Anderson after Anders Bjork started the play with a dogged fore-check on Ottawa D-man Dion Phaneuf. David Backes capped off the solid scoring night stuffing home the rebound of a Matt Grzelcyk point shot, and the Bruins had themselves another solid offensive night. Armed with a comfortable lead, Tuukka Rask looked strong and stopped 25-of-26 shots while improving his record to 12-8-3 on the season.