For the first time since November of 2011, the Bruins scored six goals in three consecutive contests. Four straight games was the streak back in 2011, a year that went pretty well for the Bruins. Pretty well may be an understatement in regards to how the Bruins are playing at the moment.
Since struggling through their three game road trip through California earlier this month, the Bruins have been red-hot, winning five of seven since returning from Cali.
With three consecutive games of six goals, it’s safe to say the Bruins offense is clicking on all cylinders.
“Yeah, we score five, six goals a game you kind of expect to win” said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask who has been in net for two of the three six goal games.
“I know it’s not going to happen every game but It’s good to have that offense going like that. We’ve been scoring goals because we play our system not because we’re trying to do too much out there and that’s a great sign.”
Over the Bruins past three games they have gotten offensive contribution from all four lines. For head coach Claude Julien, it’s something he enjoys very much.
“Well it’s been really good for us I guess, with this tough schedule, that we’ve been able to spread the ice time around a lot better than we have in the past. That’s been good for everybody” said Julien.
“We realize that we’re in a stretch here of playing four in six nights, and when you have to play back-to-back games, it’s important that you utilize your bench as much as you can when you have that luxury. And we do. It’s been good for our team, and it certainly hasn’t stopped anyone from producing.”
In their 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers, the Bruins got goals from three of their four lines including a beauty of a goal from Shawn Thornton.
Monday night in Long Island against the Islanders it was the line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith that carried the torch for the second straight game, but on this night it was the trio of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla that dominated for the Bruins with a combined seven points.
“So you just wanted to kind of keep this good feeling going. We kind of talked about turning things around starting in that two-game road trip in Dallas there. And it seems like our game is definitely moving the right direction.” said Lucic who scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season on Tuesday.
Just three weeks ago the Bruins were in the middle of a mid-season slump, but thanks to some hard work and continuing confidence the Bruins were able to snap out of it. For the Bruins, it was their January 16th win against the Dallas Stars that turned things around for them, and got them back on track.
“Yeah we had a tough stretch a long time ago, but the last five or six games we’ve been playing pretty good hockey, so we’ve just got to keep it going” said Krejci.
Clearly the Bruins once again had no issues finding the back of net Tuesday night. This most recent round of six goals came against old friend Tim Thomas.
“They’re a good team” said Thomas. “They made the Finals last year for a reason and they played a good game against us tonight, combined with us not playing our best game, myself included. They took advantage of it. They just kept coming at us. They rarely let up. When they did, we scored a couple of goals and then they turned it back up.”
With just five games left until the Olympic break, the Bruins know they won’t be putting up six goals a night in each of those, but they would still like to carry momentum into the nearly three week hiatus.
“Yeah you obviously want to end off on a high note before the break. Obviously for guys like Krech [David Krejci] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Zee [Zdeno Chara] and Tuukka [Rask] and Loui [Erikkson] they want to get on a good roll heading into the Olympics to represent their countries. Obviously they’re all playing real well right now. As a team has success individuals have success as well. But I think for all of us individually and as a team we want to end this off the right way before the break starts” added Lucic.
The Bruins will look to add to their four-game win streak Thursday night when they host the Montreal Canadiens for the first time.
See what the Bruins had to say about their triumph over the Panthers Tuesday night