Last night, the Boston Bruins won their sixth game in a row. The Buffalo Sabres seem to give them some trouble through two periods, allowing the Bruins to take 26 shots but holding them to 2 goals. It didn’t help that the B’s took so many penalties in those two periods that the Sabres had 5 power play opportunities. It’s okay, they didn’t score on any of them. With goals from Brad Marchand (25), Matt Grzelcyk (4), David Pastrnak (18), Nick Ritchie (11), and David Krejci(6) and excellent netminding by first year pro Jeremy Swayman (29-30, .967), the Bruins won 5-1. They face the Sabres one more time this week tonight at 7pm.
The East is still in play. Currently, Washington is the top of the leaderboard with 47 games played and 64 points. Pittsburgh is right behind them, also with 47 games and 63 points. The Capitals’ opponent from last night, the New York Islanders, gained a loser point and now have 63 points. Boston is right behind all of these teams with two games in hand on each of them and 60 points. With a loss last night, the Rags are 8 points behind the B’s.
Were Boston to keep this pace, being hot at the right time, they could make their way to the top seed in the playoffs. Of course, it’s not going to be easy. On Sunday, they play the first of their remaining games against the Penguins. In May they play one more at the Caps and at home against the Islanders, 2 more at home against the Rangers, and 2 more at their nemesis, the New Jersey Devils. Sure, they also play the Sabres twice more too, but it’s more of a “one of these things is not like the others” situation.
So, as long as the Bruins continue to play well, they should have no problem making the playoffs. If they play really well, they could lead the East.