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Red-Hot Bruins Steamroll Into All-Star Break On 14-0-4 Run After Last Night's 3-2 Win In Ottawa

                                                            Shoutout to the fourth line.

Last night in Ottawa, the Bruins came out looking like a team that wanted to take care of business with authority one last time before recharging their batteries over the upcoming All-Star break. Thanks to their latest team effort, they beat the Senators 3-2 to tie the second longest point streak in team history with their 18th straight game with one, going 14-0-4 during that time.

They poured 20 1st period shots on Sens goalie Mike Condon yet still found themselves on the shit-end of a 1-0 score after 20 minutes thanks to deflection. Danton Heinen, the excellent rookie who looks to be a future Top 6 guy for a long time, ended a three-week goal drought when he knotted things up in the second with another tally-via-mid-air-swipe.

It was the 22-year-old’s 11th goal of the year to go along with 22 helpers for 33 points in 43 games. It was also his first career power-play goal (with assists from David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron).

Tim Schaller’s shorty just 1:58 into the third and their near 2-to-1 shot advantage looked like the Bs would finally break this thing open. Thanks to second useless penalty from Frank Vatrano, the Sens tied it a mere 20 seconds later. But budding young sniper Jake DeBrusk, the rookie LW who turned 21 in October, bailed his boys out six-and-half minutes later when Condon absolutely butchered what should have been a routine save, if it was even on net.

Ouch. But the Bruins will take it. Because that was the difference between winning and losing as Tuukka Rask held down the fort for the remaining 11+ minutes. The Vezina candidate has also gotten the team at least a point in his last 18 starts, going 16-0-2 during the run.

More importantly, the Bs are now breathing down the necks of the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic, the Wales, and the Presidents’ Trophy races. The Bruins are five points back but have two games in hand that could cut the lead to a wafer-thin one point, just weeks after staring at a double-digit deficit.

Tampa was due for a bit of a slowdown at some point but unfortunately it took injuries to Norris candidate Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat to facilitate that. The two teams still have three huge games late in the season that could go a long way in determining who will have home ice throughout the playoffs.

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A few more buds for your All-Star Weekend bowl…

*The Bs are right about where I expected them to be: in a top-three spot in the division, competing for first. But I sure didn’t envision it in this manner. And there are three main reasons.

*The goalies. Tuukka has been lights-out and the story lately. But Anton Khudobin helped keep this squad afloat during a plethora of injuries in the fall. The two of them have combined to give the Bruins the best tandem in the NHL. Yet it wasn’t just Dobby who kept the Bs level during rough seas.

*The rookies. Charlie McAvoy has been everything and more. Heinen is going to be a big part of this team’s future. DeBrusk is looking more and more like a bona fide NHL sniper every game. Matt Grzelcyk was put in the line-up and made it impossible for the coaches to take him out.

*63-37-88. 200 feet of dominance. The barely get scored on but each have over 20 goals. Quite simply, the best line in the league.

*Look for the team to just keep grinding and making a legit bid for #1 overall.