After a 4-2 loss Sunday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Boston Bruins’ nineteen game point streak is officially over.
Starting on January 29th, the Bruins did not lose a single game in regulation in the month of February, and continued that up until two days ago.
Going 15-0-4 in that stretch Boston now sits in second place with 93 points, four points ahead of Toronto, and seventeen points behind Tampa Bay for the Atlantic Division.
In the process of this point streak, the Boston Bruins also deepened their forward line up at the trade deadline without giving up one player consistently dressed in the lineups.
First, the Bruins traded Ryan Donato, and a 2019 fifth round pick to the Minnesota Wild for Charlie Coyle.
Initially I was surprised that Boston traded for Coyle, however I was not upset with what the Bruins gave Minnesota for him.
Donato has only played in 44 games this season, scoring 8 goals, and 10 assists with a plus-minus rating of -6; Coyle has played 68 games this season and has recorded 10 goals, and 17 assists with a plus-minus rating of 0.
Coyle just turned 27 last week and still has at least 3-4 years of solid hockey left in him.
In his career Coyle has 91 goals, and 152 assists in 487 games, and has to feel a burst of momentum as he comes home to Boston.
Then the Bruins went out and traded a 2019 second round pick, and 2020 fourth round pick to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Marcus Johansson.
Johansson has played in 52 games this season, recording 12 goals, and 16 assists with a plus-minus rating of -15.
However, the Swede has been sidelined due to a lung contusion and is said to be the nearest Bruins returning to the lineup according to Coach Cassidy on Sunday.
So just by giving up three draft picks, and a younger player who has had four seasons to develop but has yet only played in 56 games in his career, the Boston Bruins now have a strong scoring first line, a solid second and third line, and fairly deep fourth line with the capacity to score from time to time.
With just 13 games remaining in the regular season Boston is in a good spot right now, with keeping guys rested and healthy, along with securing that second seed in the Atlantic Division being their main points of emphasis moving forward.
Now, let’s get to the question in the title of the article, how impressive is the Bruins point streak of 19 games?
Of those 19 games, 9 of them were against teams in a playoff spot now; less than half.
I think this point needs to be taken note of, however with the streak going 19 games the Bruins have to have gained more respect from other teams, and fans around the league.
Also in those 19 games, the Bruins defeated the San Jose Sharks not only at home but also on the road, defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 at home, defeated Vegas 3-2 in a shootout, and defeated the Washington Capitals 1-0.
To top it off, in those 19 games, the Bruins went on a seven game winning streak, and then a five game winning streak before losing to Pittsburgh 4-2.
With a home record of 27-7-3, and currently second in the league, Boston is not a team to be reckoned with in a seven game series
In net the Bruins have arguably the best goalie combination in the league.
Tuuka Rask has a goals against average of 2.30, save percentage of .921, and has recorded 3 shutouts in 38 games played.
Jaroslav Halak has played beyond expectations with a goals against average of 2.34, save percentage of .924, and has recorded 4 shutouts in 34 games played.
The Bruins will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 7:00 PM ET, with Columbus coming off a 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders, and currently win the tie breaker for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
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