No Brad Marchand, no Charlie McAvoy, and the Boston Bruins just continue to churn along. They came back from allowing the first goal to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2, extending their streak of at least one point to 18 games.
The Bruins are 14-0-4 over their incredible stretch. It’s their longest consecutive point streak since the 1968-69 season – Bobby Orr’s third year in the NHL.
Jake DeBrusk broke a 2-2 tie in the third period when he threw the puck from the half-boards toward Sens goalie Mike Condon. It pinballed through to give the rookie his 11th goal of the season.
Tim Schaller briefly put the Bruins up 2-1 just 1:58 into the third period with a shorthanded goal. But the Senators’ Ryan Dzingel cashed in on the same power play just 20 seconds later to tie the game 2-2.
The Sens drew first blood in the first period, despite the Bruins out-shooting them 20-7. But Danton Heinen got the equalizer in the second frame when he batted home a fluttering puck for a nifty one-timer on the power play.
In total, the Bruins poured 44 shots on Ottawa, compared to just 23 for the Sens. Rookie winger Anders Bjork played 13:58 of ice time and registered two shots on goal in his return to the NHL lineup.
The Bruins head to the All-Star break, as Marchand heads to Tampa to play in the All-Star Game. They return on Tuesday, Jan. 30 to face the Anaheim Ducks as Marchand serves the rest of his five-game suspension.