Bruins face Jackets, bid to bounce back from setbacks

A quick look at the NHL standings shows the Boston Bruins are a heavyweight contender, but back-to-back losses have marked a bump in their long and winding road of the 82-game season. The Bruins will aim to halt their modest skid on Monday night when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. “We’ve got to get to our identity, which is a pretty good forechecking team that can hang on to pucks,” Boston coach Jim Montgomery

Bruins, after 2nd regulation loss, face off with Rangers

Faced with the rare challenge of bouncing back from a regulation loss, the Boston Bruins hit the road to face another division leader, the New York Rangers, on Saturday afternoon. The game will be the second in a back-to-back set for both teams, but Boston will look to resume its winning ways a day after losing 5-2 to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. It was an all-around off game for Boston, which never held a

Bruins out to burn ‘bright’ in matchup with Red Wings

The NHL-leading Boston Bruins return to work following the Thanksgiving holiday when they host a matinee Friday against the Detroit Red Wings. The Bruins (14-1-3, 31 points) blew multiple leads in Monday’s 5-4 overtime loss at Tampa Bay before finishing their two-game trip with a 3-1 victory Wednesday win against the Florida Panthers. Boston passed Vegas for the top spot in the overall NHL standings with the victory, becoming the fourth team in 30 years

Stronger on defense, Panthers take on East-leading Bruins

The Florida Panthers, who will go for their third straight win when they play host to the Boston Bruins Wednesday night, are getting an unexpected contribution from defenseman Niko Mikkola. In Monday’s 5-3 win over visiting Edmonton, Mikkola matched Oilers superstar Connor McDavid’s two goals, including Mikkola’s tying goal in the third period. A 27-year-old native of Finland, Mikkola played with the St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers before becoming a free agent

Lightning solve third-period woes, now face Bruins

The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Boston Bruins Monday night knowing they have finally conquered one of their biggest nemeses this season — the third period. On Saturday afternoon, the Lightning spotted the Edmonton Oilers a 2-0 lead in the first period but rallied back, eventually winning 6-4 to break a three-game home losing streak. In the win, coach Jon Cooper’s team beat the dreaded third period, which had been an enormous hurdle to overcome,

Bruins want more focus against division rival Sabres

The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins play another Atlantic Division rival for the first time this season when they conclude a two-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. Even after being bolstered by defenseman Charlie McAvoy’s return from his four-game, NHL-issued suspension and Pavel Zacha scoring 36 seconds in, the Bruins suffered their second straight blemish against a divisional foe with Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss at Montreal. Although the loss was only Boston’s

Bruins face Canadiens leaning into positive chemistry

The Boston Bruins have started piling up the wins for a second straight season. While last season’s Bruins surged to an NHL-best 65 victories, the competitive nature of games this season has been much tighter despite an 11-1-1 start. The Bruins’ 23 points matched the champion Vegas Golden Knights for tops in the league heading into Friday’s action. Boston heads north for a Saturday night matchup with the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens having won

With more contributors in fold, Bruins face Islanders

Even as line combinations change, things have continued to go well for the Boston Bruins. The Eastern Conference’s best team at 10-1-1, Boston bounced back from its first regulation loss with a Monday win at Dallas. The Bruins now await Thursday night’s visit from the New York Islanders. The 3-2 win over the Stars was memorable, featuring first career goals from forward John Beecher and defenseman Mason Lohrei before captain Brad Marchand netted the eventual

Pair of NHL elites face off as Bruins take on Stars

The Dallas Stars host the Boston Bruins in a Monday night clash of early-season NHL heavyweights who are looking to shake off tough weekend losses. Boston let an early 2-0 lead slip away for the second straight game and later surrendered three third-period goals in Saturday’s 5-4 loss at Detroit, its first regulation setback of the season. “If you want to be a playoff team, you have to be good down the stretch and find

Streaking Bruins ready for rematch vs. Red Wings

The Boston Bruins emerged victorious against the Detroit Red Wings last Saturday as part of their franchise-record, season-opening point streak. They’ll look for a repeat this Saturday when they visit the Red Wings. Boston posted a 4-1 home win over the Red Wings, then won in overtime against Florida on Monday and via a shootout versus Toronto on Thursday. The Bruins are now 9-0-1, their best start in franchise history. “It’s such a fun group