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.”