Coming off a loss in their last game on New Year’s Eve in Dallas, the Bruins started tonight’s game in New Jersey by handing the Devils a power play on an unforced Johnny Boychuk delay-of-game penalty and then surrendering a man-advantage goal.
And that, folks, is what qualifies as a Bruins slump these days.
Boston scored the game’s next six goals en route to a 6-1 win, as 11 different players recorded a point. Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, Milan Lucic recorded three assists and Dennis Seidenberg and David Krejci also enjoyed two-point nights.
Goaltender Tim Thomas snapped his losing streak at one with 30 saves.
The Bruins have now won eight of their last nine and haven’t lost consecutive games since just before their recent seven-game winning streak. With a 25-10-1 record, the Bruins have proven that as long as the month isn’t October, they’re a consistent steamroller that can barely be slowed for more than a game at a time.
Boston will be back home Thursday night to face Calgary in a preliminary bout before the Stanley Cup Final rematch Saturday at the TD Garden against Vancouver.