Due in part to the mixed starts that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs have endured this season, the Boston Bruins have secured a huge lead in the Atlantic Division. That comfortable edge is paying off now. They’ve struggled recently, but that hasn’t changed their strong edge in the divisional race.
Boston suffered a 3-2 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday, which extended the Bruins’ losing streak to four games. They did secure a point in the first of those losses back on Dec. 5th, but Boston has since been defeated in regulation by Colorado, Ottawa, and Washington.
The Bruins aren’t going to have any time to regroup before facing the Lightning on the road tonight and after that they’ll play in Florida on Saturday. That game Saturday will be the Bruins’ fourth road game in the span of just six days, so this has been a rough part of their season to say the least. Fortunately, Boston still has breathing room. They have a 10-point lead in the division race and are 13 points ahead of Tampa Bay going into tonight’s contest. It’s too early in the season for the Bruins’ lead to be truly secured, but it’s fair to say that they’re still in an enviable position.
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WASHINGTON 3 BOSTON 2
John Carlson scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him 12 goals and 45 points in 33 contests.
Washington’s other two goals were scored by T.J. Oshie. He’s up to 13 goals and 24 points in 33 games.
Braden Holtby turned aside 30 of 32 Bruins shots. He’s won five of his last six starts.
David Pastrnak found the back of the net for Boston. It was his 26th goal and 46th point in 32 contests.
Jaroslav Halak kicked out 22 of 25 shots last night. He has a 7-3-3 record, 2.28 GAA, and .927 save percentage in 13 starts.
MONTREAL 3 OTTAWA 2 (OT)
Brady Tkachuk scored a goal and registered an assist for the Senators. He has 11 goals and 19 points in 32 contests.
Ben Chiarot netted the overtime winner. He’s up to four goals and 11 points in 32 games.
Tomas Tatar contributed a goal and an assist for the Canadiens. That gives him 11 goals and 28 points in 32 contests.
Cayden Primeau stopped 35 of 37 Senators shots. This was his second career game and his first NHL victory.
Anders Nilsson kicked out 26 of 29 shots Wednesday night. He’s 8-8-2 with a 3.03 GAA and .912 save percentage in 18 contests.
COLORADO 3 PHILADELPHIA 1
The Flyers’ lone goal was scored by Claude Giroux. It was his 10th goal and 22nd point in 31 contests.
Mikko Rantanen scored a pair of goals for the Avalanche. He has eight goals and 20 points in 15 games.
Colorado’s other goal was netted by Matt Calvert. He has six goals and 17 points in 24 contests.
Pavel Francouz saved 32 of 33 Flyers shots. He’s won four his last five contests.
At the other end of the ice, Carter Hart stopped 24 of 27 shots. He has a 10-6-3 record, 2.43 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 20 games.