By Matt Noonan
BOSTON, MA — Over the past few weeks, the Boston Bruins have been unstoppable.
The Black and Gold have only dropped two games in the month of December by a combined score of 4-1, but on Friday, Boston skated flawlessly in an 8-0 shellacking of the Florida Panthers.
“We played a good game,” said the smiling Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. “Lots and lots of good things and lots and lots of goals, so it’s good for the fans I think.”
This was indeed a great game, as Brad Marchand tallied a career high five-points, (three goals and two assists), while Rask recorded his second shutout of the season, and 10th of his career.
Boston also received some help from Patrice Bergeron, who recorded a goal and two assists.
Gregory Campbell, Dennis Seidenberg and Benoit Pouliot also made an impact, as each player registered one goal in the team’s 23rd victory of the season.
“I think we were moving our feet well [on Friday], and being hard on the forecheck, and causing some turnovers,” said Bergeron, when asked about his team’s performance.
Bergeron continued by saying, “We talked about that last game, in the third period, [and] I thought that’s what gave us success, so we had to keep that going [for the rest of the season].”
The Bruins certainly made a statement in the opening period, as Boston recorded four goals in 14 minutes, which practically solidified the victory, and the evening.
“We’re playing well and we’re winning and it’s a little easier to get in the game when we play like this,” said Pouliot. “We are on a great run right now and we have a good break and hopefully we’ll keep going after [the holiday’s conclude].”
Boston will certainly want to keep this success going, especially since it seems that the Bruins have officially found their championship mojo.
“Well, the one thing I said to them was we’ve gone from 15th to first in less than two months – they deserve a lot of credit for that and they worked hard to accomplish that and I think it’s important that they enjoy the three days of the Christmas holiday they have,” said head coach Claude Julien.
Julien continued to elaborate on his team’s performance over the past few weeks when he stated, “And those three days will be beneficial to us hopefully not just in the long run, but in the short term. If we come back with the right approach and the right attitude, and head out on the road and play Phoenix, and take off where we left off, then that three days will look even better.”
The Bruins will certainly want to preserve their successful trend from the past few weeks when they travel to Arizona on Wednesday, (Dec. 27) to visit the Coyotes.