Bruins bounce back after first loss in four games

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This past week the Boston Bruins took their three- game winning streak to the TD Garden and put it on the line against the up and coming Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus started off the scoring with a Blake Comeau snap shot past Bruins goalie Chad Johnson. It was Johson’s third start between the pipes for the Bruins.

The Bruins rebounded with a Loui Eriksson goal that he tapped in off of his skate when Zdeno Chara threw one on net from the blue line. Eriksson has been on a roll lately recording points in his last five games.

The score remained tied in the second period until Shawn Thornton ripped a slapshot that went off of a Blue Jacket player’s stick and snuck over the shoulder of Vezina Trophy winner Seregi Bobrovsky.

The Bruins fourth line continued to prove itself as an energy line and a great one to build momentum for the top line. Gregory Campbell and Tory Krug picked up assists; with Krug continuing to stack up points and stir the pot in Caulder Trophy talk.

Before the second period would come to a close, Columbus tied up the game on a Nick Foligno backhand that snuck past the lower glove side of Johnson. The goal was  Foligno’s fourth of the year.

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No goals were scored in the third period, and that means things headed to a five-minute, 4-4 overtime period.

With under a minute left in the overtime, Milan Lucic blocked a shot on the blue line and raced to collect it on the breakaway. Lucic smoothly slid the puck through the legs of Bobrovsky to give the Bruins the win.

The Bruins had little time to rest as they hopped on a plane to take their now four-game winning streak to Ottawa to lace em’ up against the Senators.

Early on it looked as if the Bruins were charged up and ready to go for the Ottawa match-up. Boston spent the first 10 minutes of the first period scoring two unanswered goals. The two goals came off the sticks of on-fire Eriksson, and Brad Marchand.

Ottawa got on the board late in the first with a Chris Neil goal, which cut the deficit in half for the Senators.

After a scoreless second period, the Senators exploded for three goals in the third period, which totally stunned the Bruins and handed them their first loss in four games.

This also marked a season high in goals allowed for the Bruins.

In their next game, the Bruins found them in Raleigh, N.C. to take on the Hurricanes while their brethren New England Patriots were playing the Carolina Panthers nearby.

Tuukka Rask was back in form as Boston skated to a solid victory over the Canes.

The powerplay got going in the first couple of minutes when a Jiri Tlusty slashing call cost Carolina a goal when Reilly Smith slid a wrist shot by Cam Ward to give the Bruins a 1-0 edge. Eight minutes later Carl Soderberg deflected a puck in from Dennis Seidenberg to extend the lead to two.

Tuomo Ruutu scored Carolina’s lone goal in the first when he wristed one past Rask in the closing seconds of the first.

The Bruins did not look back and continued to kill penalties and play solid hockey in front of their solid goaltender. Johnny Boychuk pounded in his first goal of the year when a rebound floating in space found his stick on a one-timer past a sprawling Cam Ward.

Lucic ended things with an empty netter and his ninth of the year, assisted by Jarome Iginla who was giving Looch the empty netter this time as Looch assisted Iginla in a recent empty net scenario.

This victory improved the Bruins to a 13-6-1 record, giving them 27 points, just one back of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference in points.

The Bruins play a big game against Alex Steen and the St. Louis Blues on Thursday followed by a rematch with the Hurricanes, this time at the Garden for a 1 p.m. matinee.