On Sunday, Feb. 3, the Boston Bruins played a top Washington Capitals team. Tuukka Rask became the Bruins all-time leader in wins by a goalie, making 24 saves in a 1-0 victory at Capital One Arena on Sunday. Center David Krejci scored for Boston (28-17-7), which ended a 14-game losing streak (0-11-3) against the Capitals that began March 29, 2014. Rask (253 wins) passed Cecil “Tiny” Thompson for most wins in franchise history and gained his second shutout of the season and the 43rd in the NHL.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Bruins faced off against the New York Islanders. Patrice Bergeron scored twice in his 1,000th NHL game, and left wing Peter Cehlarik scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Islanders 3-1 at TD Garden. Cehlarik scored with six and half minutes left in the third period. Left wing Brad Marchand and right wing David Pastrnak each had two assists, and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for Boston (29-17-7), who have now won two in a row and has a four-game point streak (2-0-2).
The Bruins faced off against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Defenseman Tony DeAngelo scored the deciding goal for the Rangers in the seventh round of the shootout in a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. Rangers’ goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 27 saves through overtime and denied six of seven Bruins in the shootout for the Rangers (23-22-8), who rallied from down 3-1 in the third period. Forwards Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes, and Filip Chytil scored, and forward Pavel Buchnevich had two assists for New York, who won for the first time in three games and is 9-1-0 in its past 10 against Boston.
Hot Teams in the NHL
The Montreal Canadiens have been hot over the past couple weeks. They’re currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 31-18-6. Over the last 10 games the Rangers have gone 8-1-1 moving up in the standings.
The Philadelphia Flyers have been hot over the last 10 games going 9-0-1. The Flyers are currently in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a record finally above .500 after a rough start to the season (25-23-7).
Rising teams in the NHL
The St. Louis Blues started out the season slow, but are now on a five game winning streak. Over the last 10 games they have gone 7-2-1 finding themselves in the final playoff spot with 29 games left in the season. Their record is 26-22-5 putting them in eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been on the rise since starting the season slow. The Blackhawks are currently on a six game winning streak going 6-2-2. They are currently in 13th place in the Western Conference but only four points behind the Blues for eighth place and a chance for the Stanley Cup.
Cold Teams in the NHL
The Anaheim Ducks have been cold losing seven games in a row and going 2-8-0 in their last 10 games. Currently sitting last in the Western Conference with a record of 21-26-9 with 51 points, they are six points behind the eighth place team in the West.
The Ottawa Senators have been cold all season and are currently sitting in last place in the East with a record of 21-29-5. They have gone 4-6-0 over the last 10 games gaining no ground in the playoff chase.