The Boston Bruins looked to turn a three-game losing streak into a three-game winning streak hosting the Arizona Coyotes at TD Garden Tuesday night. The B's emerged victorious in back-to-back meet ups with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators over the weekend and hoped to continue their winning ways against an injury-plagued Coyotes team that has struggled to get wins this season even with a healthy lineup.
The Bruins entered Sunday afternoon's match up with the Ottawa Senators fresh off a decisive 6-3 victory over their Original Six rival Toronto Maple Leafs at home Saturday night. Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with their win over the Leafs, and looked to continue their winning ways on the road, with less than a day of turnaround traveling from Boston to Canada's capital for a 5pm puck drop against the Sens.
The reeling Boston Bruins returned home after a difficult Florida trip. The depleted Bruins, losers of three in a row, would face a difficult opponent in the Toronto Maple Leafs who welcomed William Nylander back in the lineup on Thursday against Detroit. Struggling to score and without Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk Bruce Cassidy turned to Jaroslav Halak in goal and slotted David Krejci at the number one center spot. To make matters more challenging the Bruins would be tested with solving Frederik Andersen, who is 11-1-0 with a .937 save percentage in the regular season against Boston.
It started off as a positive sighting for the injury-riddled Boston Bruins as it matched the NHL's leading Tampa Bay Lightning 1-1 throughout two periods. But in the third, a pair of turnovers allowed the Lightning to strike twice, leading the way to the 3-2 victory for Tampa Bay at the Amalie Arena.
The NHL's Board of Governors met Tuesday morning in Sea Island, GA to vote on whether or not to approve Seattle as the League's 32nd franchise. With a unanimous vote from the BOG's Executive Committee back on October 2nd to continue Seattle's expansion bid, it was all but a sure thing that come December 4th, Seattle would come into the fold as the NHL's newest club.
After grinding out a 2-1 shootout victory on home ice against the New York Islanders on the eve of Rick "Nifty" Middleton's number retirement Thursday night, the Bruins had a day off before hosting the Detroit Red Wings for their third meeting of the season. Boston won the first meeting between two to clubs back on October 13th in convincing 8-2 fashion before dropping their most recent tilt in overtime on November 21st. The B's looked to build on Thursday's momentum with another win on home ice against their Original Six Rival.
When the dust settled on the jersey retirement of Rick Middleton, there was still hockey to be played. And with just four points separating New York and Boston in the Eastern Conference standings, it was predestined to be a battle.
The short-handed Boston Bruins entered a divisional matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs looking to build off their thrilling 3-2 win in Montreal Saturday night. Boston had their way with Toronto back in Boston but the Leafs, still without Auston Matthews, would look to even up the season series.
If you needed any reasons to watch every game the Canadiens and Bruins go toe to toe, Saturday night’s installment of the rivalry was that and more.
While most at home were still recovering from food induced holiday hangovers or a day’s worth of Black Friday shopping, the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins showed no signs of lethargy.