By MyFM's Jake Archer - Well, the beat goes on. The Bruins are are the hottest team in the NHL and this streak does not look like just some old fluke. They smashed the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night by a score of 6-1 and they continue to look unbeatable. It's a much needed pick me up for the fans in New England and we are greatful for the distraction from football depression and baseball indifference.
After New York's Rick Nash put the Rangers up 1-0 early, goaltender Anton Khudobin clamped down and the B's turned on the jets. Riley Nash would tie it with assists from David Backes and Danton Heinen. Then the big defensemen Zdeno Chara put the B's in front with the 193rd goal of his storied career. In the third, Patrice Bergeron extended the lead when he got one to slip by Henrik Lundqvist in goal. Tim Schaller would make it 4-1 soon after and cause the Garden crowd to boo Lundqvist off the ice. He was replaced in net by Ondrej Pavelec.
The goalie switch didn't do a whole lot though as Boston got a short-handed goal from Patrice Bergeron, his second of the game. It was his team-leading 24th of the season and the fact that he was not an NHL All Star this year is an absolute joke. Chara and Brad Marchand assisted on the goal. The Bruins lone All Star, Marchand, was in his first game back from a 5-game suspension. The best team in hockey right now just got their best player back, so watch out NHL.
In the third, the Bruins would add one more goal from Sean Kuraly to make it 6-1. The Bruins had every line hitting on all cylinders and a backup goalie looking fantastic with 21 saves. I'd be surprised if there were many New Yorkers left in the building come the third period and the fact that the Bruins scored 6 unanswered goals was remarkable.
The Rangers are struggling mightily this year at 25-24-5 and their star goalie can't seem to get it together. "King Henrik" has not won since January 18th. The Rangers had won seven straight games over Boston, including two this season, but that did not stop them from looking awful last night. They have now lost four straight games and seven of their last eight. New York looks like a team in free-fall and when they got down early, the wheels really fell off.
The Bruins on the other hand, are 18-1-4 in their last 23 games and 27-4-4 in their last 35. They are also 10-0-2 in their last 12 on the road. They have not last an away game in regulation since December 4th. They are now just one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the lead in the Atlantic Division and the NHL overall.
Boston will host Buffalo on Saturday night. Tune in, it's been really fun to watch lately.