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A number of factors have propelled the Bruins from a shaky start to the top of the standings.

NHL: JAN 20 Bruins at Canadiens
It is good to be a Bruins fan
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On the heels of a successful weekend, the Bruins defend their 16 game point streak at TD Garden against the Devils tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM on NESN.

  • When we left off, the Bruins had just bid the Canadiens adieu in style. And how about the dominance of the Patrice Bergeron line? WEEI
  • But it was 4-1! TWICE in a single week against the same opponent, the score was the same. CBC
  • Four takeaways fom Saturday’s win include the odd trend of allowing opponents the first goal.
  • The Habs lost ground in the series against the Bruins over 8 days, earning but one point in 3 games. The Score
  • One large part of the Bruins’ recent success is the return to form of one small defenseman, Torey Krug. He has bounced back from injury and responded well to coaching. Boston Herald
  • Now that Tuukka Rask has returned to form, the numbers for this season’s team not only resemble those from the 2010-11 Bruins, they’re better. Boston Globe
  • Another part of the Bruins’ success is the prudent leadership of new CEO Charlie Jacobs, which brought the changes three years ago that sparked the team. CBS Boston
  • Overall, a number of factors contribute to the Bruins being in a position to contend for the Stanley Cup. ESPN
  • David Pastrnak’s exuberance is contageous, but his game needed work to include proper defense- he, too, has responded well to coaching. The Hockey News
  • Meanwhile, for the Providence Bruins, Friday ended in a big shutout win over Wilkes-Barre Scranton Patriot Ledger while Saturday saw a close 3-2 loss to Bridgeport Providence Journal and finally on Sunday Zane Mcintyre shut out the Tigers 2-0 to finish the weekend. Providence Journal They sit at sixth place in the AHL. AHL
  • It was a good day for the Wisconsin Badgers and prospect Trent Frederic yesterday, as hey shut out Notre Dame. So sorry, Anders Bjork! Black n’ Gold Hockey Blog
  • Well, surprise, surprise- the Bruins sit at second place in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, separated from leader Tampa Bay by three points. In the league overall, the Golden Knights are now #1, and the Bruins sit at #4- only four points separate them. NHL