Sunday, March 30, 2014

Games 74-75: Atlantic Division Champs

The city of Boston certainly has experienced its fair share of tragedies over the last year. Of course, we all remember the bombings that took place at last year's Boston Marathon. Most recently, we were struck again when some of the city's finest firefighters lost their lives fighting a tremendous fire.

What do they both have in common? The Boston Bruins paid homage to those lost in the incidents. That is what makes this city so great. Sports can be used as an escape, and the B's know how to do it right. 

That took place on Thursday night prior to the 3-0 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks. The fans were behind their team this whole weekend as they hit the road for the start of a four-game trip. 

We are in the single digits in regards to the amount of games left in the season. Divisional title? All wrapped up. Eastern Conference? Theirs to lose. Presidents' Trophy? Do we dare think about that? It is not out of the realm of possibility. 

The St. Louis Blues are keeping pace with the Bruins over in the Western Conference, and it looks like that it will come down to those two squads. Even though that is not the most sought-after trophy, it is a cool thing to add to a resume. Their quest for that prize continued on Saturday afternoon against the Washington Capitals. 

With Chad Johnson and Andrej Meszaros making their respective returns to the lineup on Saturday, one would assume that the team would be in shutdown mode. Not so much.

This was a full sixty-minute effort put in by the Bruins. Jarome Iginla, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, and Carl Soderberg all had multi-point games. The Caps really could not get much of a rhythm going as they fell behind early. At the end of the day, the B's were rolling to a victory and the Atlantic Division crown with the 4-2 victory. 

The Black and Gold wasted little time in taking the ice again. They were in action on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that is playing at a scorching-hot rate right now. 

There has not been a game in recent memory where the Bruins were dominated in most facets of the game; face-offs, hits, shots, you name it. Philadelphia had the edge in this game. What do resilient teams do? They find a way. 

After the Flyers tied the game up with seconds left in regulation, the Bruins ended up taking the full two points in the shootout. Tuukka Rask recorded a career-high 49 saves to post his 100th career win. The B's have now won nine road games in a row. Bergeron, who scored in this game as well, now has goals in seven straight games. 

Up next for the Bruins: Detroit and Toronto in a back-to-back set.

Gold Star: Jarome Iginla...30 goals for a guy who was supposedly nearing the end. The Bruins need to re-up him for the foreseeable future. He belongs in Boston. 

Black Star: Brad Marchand...This past weekend was sloppy for the B's agitator. He was lackadaisical in his own zone, which led to a couple of goals.

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