Powered by strong play on both ends of the rink, the Boston Bruins extended their mercurial streak after rallying past the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3 in a shootout for their 10th consecutive victory.
The Bruins are officially back in the title hunt as Claude Julien's guys overcame a rough 3-7 start to produce 10 straight wins and emerge on top of the competitive Northeast Division.
The Bruins, who boast the league's second best offense (3.3 goals per game) and defense (2.1 goals against average), netted 47 goals and allowed only 17 goals during the streak.
Sophomore center Tyler Seguin has been a stud for the Bruins, racking up 13 goals and 11 assists for a team-high 23 points.
Tim Thomas looks poised to capture his third Vezina Trophy award as the 37-year-old netminder allowed 1.85 goals GAA with a record of 10-4-0 this season.
"We don't discuss it hardly at all," Thomas told NHL.com of the streak. "I don't think about it at all until I'm reminded of it."
Despite their recent success, the Bruins (13-7-0, 26 pts.) are aware of the threats within their division.
The Toronto Maple Leafs (12-8-2, 26 pts.), Buffalo Sabres (12-8-1, 25 pts.), Montreal Canadiens (10-9-3, 23 pts.), and Ottawa Senators (10-9-2, 22 pts.) are very much in a thick of the fight for division supremacy.
Moreover, the Bruins are in for a real acid test as they battle with Central Division beast Detroit Red Wings (12-7-1, 25 pts.), also protecting a three-game winning streak.
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