Willwerth: A Perfect Road Trip for the Bruins
By Brian Willwerth
You have to go all the way back to the 1971-72 season to find the last time the Boston Bruins went undefeated on a six-game road trip.
That team had players named Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito. It was also the last time Boston hoisted the Stanley Cup.
Last night, the 2010-11 Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place for the second time on their perfect road trip. Tuukka Rask stopped all 33-shots he faced in a 1-0 victory. It was Rask’s second shutout of the season. The other came in a 4-0 win against the Panthers in mid-November.
The only goal of the game came early in the third period, when Nathan Horton picked up a loose puck in front the net and knocked it past Senators’ goalie Craig Anderson. It was Horton’s 18th goal of the season. He has scored in each of the Bruins’ last three games.
But when there’s only one goal scored in the game, the focus afterward is usually on the goaltending. Rask was sensational between the pipes. Of the Bruins’ six straight wins away from TD Garden, he has four of them.
The Bruins return home tomorrow night when the Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning come to town.
The B’s have matched the road winning streak from that famous 1972 team. The question is: can they end the season the same way?