Backstopped by Tuukka Rask's league-leading fourth shutout of the year, and a goal-outburst in the third period, the B's blew out the Ottawa Senators 5-0 at the Garden for their 26th win on the year.
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The B's continued their ridiculous stretch of play at home, and overall, by beating the Sens in the first game of a home-and-home that wraps up tomorrow.
Jarome Iginla, David Krejci, Reilly Smith and Brad Marchand all scored for the B's, with four of them coming in the final frame.
The B's played a dull first period, in which they only mustered five shots on goal, as opposed to Ottawa's 15. Put it on the B's playing slow after the three day Christmas break layoff.
Jarome Iginla got the B's on the board on the powerplay at 16:29 of the second, scoring his 11th of the year with the assists coming from Milan Lucic and Torey Krug.
Just 38 seconds into the third, David Krejci put the Bruins in front by two with his eighth of the year, and they never looked back the rest of the game.
Boston proceeded to score three more times in the last 10 minutes, with two coming from Reilly Smith, and the last one from Marchand on a breakaway shorthanded with just under a minute to play.
The W extends the Bruins' winning streak to eight games at home, and 13-0-2 overall in their last 15 games. The Black and Gold have not lost a game in regulation since October 26 versus the New Jersey Devils. Yes, that is two months ago. They have two shootout losses spotted in between, to Dallas and St. Louis.
December has been an impressive month for the Bruins, as they have continued their strong play from the first two months of the season even when faced with multiple injuries, a lengthy road trip and games versus strong opponents.
They have two games left in the month before the turn of the year, tomorrow at Ottawa and on New Year's Eve at the Garden versus the Islanders.
- In the gift that keeps on giving, rookie Reilly Smith bagged his team leading 13th and 14th goals of the year, and putting his point total to 30, just three behind Krejci for the overall lead. Smith's has nine goals in the month of December and three multi-goal games. The "extra" in the Seguin/Eriksson deal over the summer has turned out to be a rather valuable piece for the Bruins.
- Dennis Seidenberg got injured late in the third period, and it didn't look all that good,. DS44 will not make the trip to Ottawa tomorrow with a 'lower-body injury,' according to multiple reports. So just when the B's get a few players back from injury, another one falls down.
- Tuukka Rask recorded his fourth shutout of the year, stopping all 33 shots he faced.
- The B's maintain their stay in frist place atop the Atlantic, with 54 points, five ahead of second place Tampa Bay.