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B's Roll Into Big D

The Black & Gold look for their 8th straight victory in Dallas

Friday, 12.30.2011 / 10:20 PM ET / Features
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B\'s Roll Into Big D
BostonBruins.com -- In stark contrast to a 3-7 start in October, the Bruins have compiled a 21-2-1 streak in 24 games through November and December to re-establish themselves as one of the most dominant teams in the NHL.

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Boston leads the league in goals with 3.47 per game (a .49 increase from last season) and they are also at the top with a 1.87 goals against average. Even beyond the impressive numbers, the team continues to pull out tough wins, as evident in Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

But the expectations are set so high for the Black & Gold, that some might call Wednesday's win "a bad night" for the Bruins and while the victory in Arizona wasn’t the B's impressive 8-0 win over the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers, the Bruins (24-9-1) found a way to win, and that’s all that matters to Head Coach Claude Julien.

“We got to be careful we don’t get caught up in all the hoopla that is going around our team,” Julien said after Thursday's practice in Glendale, AZ. “If we don’t dominate totally in a game, all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Oh they didn’t play really well.’

"I don’t think we played such a bad game, any more than [Phoenix] played a real good game against us."

As per usual for the defending Stanley Cup champions, Phoenix, perhaps buoyed by a sold out rink, played their best against Boston.

“They had a guy on every player so for us to move the puck, we couldn’t hang on to it very long so we had to chip it and get some support,” added Julien. "What it made for was a bit of an ugly game.”

But fueling the Bruins right now is the dominant goaltending duo of Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas who (as of Friday) are top in the league with .945 .943 save percentages, respectively.

However, the most telling story of the 2011 Bruins could be the consistent production they’re getting from all four lines.

The B’s score the most goals per game in the league, but not one skater is in the top 30 for points scored. The closest is Tyler Seguin, who sits at 33rd with 31 points (off 14 goals and 17 assists).

“That just proves we have good balance and it’s all about team,” Julien said. “I don’t think we expect anybody to be a superstar player that dazzles everybody one-on-one.

"What we expect is guys to use their strengths and take pucks to the net and use their shots and their abilities to make things happen.

"Every night someone seems to step up and do the job and that’s the beauty of our team right now.”

On Saturday, the Bruins will take on the Dallas Stars and look to pick up their eighth straight win and while the eyes of the world will be on the ball dropping at midnight, at 8 p.m., the hockey world will have its eyes on the Bruins.

“It’s almost like we not allowed to lose right now,” Julien said. “But what we have to do is try and go out and be the best team every night and find ways to win and that’s what were doing lately.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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