Thursday night’s 3-1 win over Buffalo was a big one for the Boston Bruins.
It kept them three points clear of Ottawa (who beat the Rangers 4-1) in the Northeast Division. It came against a hated divisional rival.
Oh yeah, it also marked the first time they won back-to-back contests since Jan. 10 and 12 — a stretch of 25 games.
“You know it’s been a long time; we finally got it,” Bruins forward David Krejci told NHL.com. “It feels good, I think we deserve it – we’ve played well in the last few games. Even in some of our losses, we played well. But, even if you got to play the same way, then the wins are going to come. We got two in a row so it feels pretty good.”
Scoring consecutive victories was key after a rough couple of months. Boston’s been besieged by injury (Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference, Tuukka Rask) and watched the Rangers open up an eight-point lead atop the Eastern Conference.
The back-to-back wins also put the Bruins in some elite company. They’re now just one of three teams to have won 20 games at home and on the road this year (Rangers and Canucks are the others.)
Head coach Claude Julien was pleased with the result, though he said he felt it coming.
“I was encouraged by our play in New York [a 4-3 loss on Sunday] and it’s just kept coming along in the next game [Tuesday night’s 5-4 victory in Toronto],” Julien told CSNNE.com. “I think that’s what we’re looking for now…a consistent effort, and hopefully they turn into wins.”
Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.
The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.
Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.
The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.
A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.
“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”
This story will be updated when more information is made available.
The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.
According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.
The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.
Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.
The veteran winger started last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.
Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.