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The Bruins extended their win streak to 11-games last night with a 2-0 win over the Avalanche. Patrice Bergeron (21st) scored the games first goal off of a pretty pass from Dougie Hamilton.
Boston continued its streak of not allowing a first period goal against the Aves. Chad Johnson made the start in net and was outstanding, making 24 saves to earn the shutout. Johnson, who is an UFA at the end of the season, is making a name for himself around the league. With every great outing he has, Johnson must see dollar signs in his head when it comes to a new contract next season.
Johnson improved to 16-3-1 with a 2.04 GAA and a respectable 925% save percentage.
Center Carl Soderberg added the Bruins second goal in the middle period on the power play. The win by the Bruins made them the first team in the NHL this season the clinch a playoff berth.
Boston will take on the Coyotes tonight, looking for their 12th straight win.
IGINLA ROLLING THROUGH MILESTONES: On March 17 against the Minnesota Wild, Jarome Iginla played in his 1300th career NHL game. Iginla scored twice in the contest, bringing him one shy of tying Boston’s own coordinator Johnny Bucyk in all-time goals. On March 18 against the New Jersey Devils, the forward scored in his fourth consecutive game to tie Bucyk for the 25th spot on the all-time goal scorer list with 556 goals. Iginla recorded 525 goals with the Calgary Flames (1996-2013), five with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2012-13) and currently leads the Bruins with 26 (2013-14).
20-PLUS GOAL CLUB: The Bruins added to their list of 20+ goal scorers on March 18 when Patrice Bergeron netted his 2oth goal of the season against the New Jersey Devils. That brings the Bruins list of 20+ goal scorers to four (Jarome Iginla 26, Brad Marchand 22, Milan Lucic 21) with Reilly Smith trailing by one with 19 goals. The Bruins join the four other teams in the NHL that have four or more 20+ goal scorers on its team: Chicago Blackhawks (Patrick Kane 29, Patrick Sharp 29, Jonathan Toews 27, Marian Hossa 25), Colorado Avalanche (Ryan O’Reilly 26, Nathan MacKinnon 23, Matt Duchene 22, Gabriel Landeskog 21, Paul Stastny 20) Pittsburgh Penguins (Sidney Crosby 33, Chris Kunitz 32, James Neal 22, Evgeni Malkin 21) and St. Louis Blues (Alexander Steen 30, David Backes 23, Jaden Schwartz 21, Vladimir Tarasenko 21).
11 IN A ROW: With a victory over the Avalanche, the Bruins extended their win streak to 10 consecutive games. The 11-game streak is their longest such stretch since the Black & Gold won 10 in a row from November 1 – 23 in 2011.
KRUG MAKING HIS-TOREY: On March 15 against the Carolina Hurricanes, Torey Krug notched his 14th goal of the season, putting him third on the club’s all-time list of goals by a rookie defenseman (Ray Bourque, 17; Greg Hawgood, 16). Krug enters the weekend leading all rookie defensemen in points (37), goals (14) and assists (23), while his plus-14 rating ranks third.
STAYING POSITIVE: Entering Friday, the Bruins own four of the top ten spots in plus/minus rating with Patrice Bergeron leading the league at plus-34. Second in the league is teammate David Krejci at plus-33, with Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk not far behind in fourth place with a pluAls-30 rating (Brent Seabrook, CHI)… Boston’s plus-74 GF/GA differential is tops in the league.