What we learned: Bruins extend point streak to 15
The Bruins point streak will eventually come to an end. It wouldn’t have been surprising if Thursday was the night that the New York Islanders put an end to their 14-game run. After all, the Bruins were playing just 24 hours after a dominating 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.
The Bruins got off to an ugly start in Brooklyn as they found themselves down 1-0 just 7:25 into the contest. Jordan Eberle’s tally after Brandon Carlo coughed the puck up in his own end marked the fourth consecutive game in which the Bruins allowed the game’s first goal. But once the Bruins found their legs late in the first, they had no problems with the New York Islanders.
Getting the start in the second leg of the back-to-back, Anton Khudobin was solid in net, stopping 22 of 24 shots for his 16th win of the season.
Here is what we learned in the Bruins 5-2 victory over the Islanders:
Bergeron! Bergeron! Bergeron!
Is there anything Patrice Bergeron cannot do? For the second time in six games, the Bruins were led to victory behind a Bergeron hat trick.
Bergeron became the first Bruin to register two hat tricks in six games since Rick Tocchet in the 1995-96 season. Tocchet actually accomplished this in five games. Bergeron also became the first Bruin since Bill Guerin in 2001-02 to score two hat tricks in one season.
It’s pretty safe to claim the Bergeron line as the best in hockey. The trio of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak combined for seven points in Thursday’s victory. There’s a very good chance that Marchand, (20) Bergeron (19) and Pastrnak (18) will all finish the season with at least 30 goals each.
It’s time to pay attention to Ryan Spooner
With the 2017-18 season arguably being Spooner’s last chance to prove himself to the Bruins, he’s doing one heck of a job in doing so. Spooner’s goal Thursday night was his third in as many games. Spooner, along with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk, has helped give the Bruins a stable and productive second line.
Spooner is undoubtedly playing the best hockey of his career. Simply watching his game and you will see the new found confidence he has been playing with. Spooner has nine points in his last 10 games and now has 17 points in 24 games.
Bruins win streak continues to impress
From blow out wins, to come from behind victories, to grind-em-out overtime losses, the Bruins have picked up points in all sorts of ways. With an 11-0-4 mark in their last 15 games, the Bruins have their longest point streak since going 14-0-1 in the 2011-12 season.
The point streak has helped the Bruins in the standings in a big way. With three games in hand, the Bruins lead the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division by five points.
More eye-opening is how much the Bruins have closed the gap between themselves and the division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. What was once a double-digit point deficit is now down to five points. The Bruins have one game in hand.
There’s still a ton of hockey left to be played, but the Bruins are on the right path toward a return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.