Boston Bruins

In what’s a sign of a mentally focused team, the Boston Bruins are winning the games they should win.

That included Thursday’s head-to-head with the woeful New Jersey Devils, of course, a game that never appeared in much doubt for the Bruins, who left Newark with a 5-1 victory to their name.

This one featured the return of a Boston staple, too, as the Brad Marchand- Patrice Bergeron- David Pastrnak line accounted for three of the Black and Gold’s five strikes by the night’s end.

Bergeron opened things up with a nice dish from Pastrnak at the 18:34 mark of the first period, while Pastrnak finished off a set play off a faceoff win the second period to extend the Boston edge to two in the middle frame.

Bergeron would add an empty-netter in the third period to secure his second straight 30-goal season.

David Backes even got on the board for the Bruins with his sixth goal of the season.

And after holding the Islanders 13 shots in Tuesday’s shutout win, the Bruins once again stuck with a defense-first gameplan that saw New Jersey throw just 22 shots on Tuukka Rask. Rask would have likely secured his second straight shutout had it not been for a Jake DeBrusk d-zone turnover that allowed Drew Stafford to score Jersey’s lone goal of the contest.

The Bruins were dealt a bit of bad news, though, as Sean Kuraly took a puck off the hand and did not return. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t have much on Kuraly’s status moving forward, but said it’s never good when a player does not return.

The Bruins are back in action Saturday night in Florida.