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COLUMBUS, OHIO - JANUARY 2: Kevin Shattenkirk #12 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal during the second period of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on January 2, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Powered by goals from four different scorers, the Bruins pushed their win streak to four games Tuesday night in Columbus, with a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jackets.

For the Bruins, it’s officially their longest win streak since the six-game win streak they had to open the season.

  • Following a scoreless opening frame, the Bruins kicked off the scoring with a strike from Kevin Shattenkirk at the 2:12 mark of the second period. The goal was Shattenkirk’s third in his last three games, and came with helpers from Matt Grzelcyk and Charlie Coyle.

    It was the second ‘Terrier Magic’ goal (credit to Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery for that term) in the last three games, too, with all three players factoring in on the scoring playing their college hockey at Boston University.

  • The Jackets tied things up just 1:54 later behind Kent Johnson’s sixth goal of the campaign, but the Bruins recaptured the lead before the end of the middle frame thanks to a power-play deflection off the stick of James van Riemsdyk for his seventh goal of the season.

    The goal was van Riemsdyk’s first since Dec. 15 on Long Island, and highlighted what was a three-point night for the veteran winger.

  • COLUMBUS, OHIO - JANUARY 2: Brendan Gaunce #16 of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to steal the puck from Danton Heinen #43 of the Boston Bruins during the first period of the game at Nationwide Arena on January 2, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

    COLUMBUS, OHIO – JANUARY 2: Brendan Gaunce #16 of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to steal the puck from Danton Heinen #43 of the Boston Bruins during the first period of the game at Nationwide Arena on January 2, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio. (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

    Up by one through 40 minutes of action, the Bruins doubled their lead at the 7:29 mark thanks to Danton Heinen‘s fifth goal of the season, and his first since Dec. 9 against the Coyotes.

    The two-goal lead was definitely more than enough of support considering how flat the Jackets (and the Bruins at times) looked in this contest, but Trent Frederic added Boston’s fourth goal of the evening, scored with just 4:06 remaining in what was a true putaway tally in this contest.

  • Jan 2, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark (35) makes a save as Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) looks for a rebound during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

    Jan 2, 2024; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark (35) makes a save as Blue Jackets left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) looks for a rebound during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty/USA TODAY Sports)

    In goal, Boston’s Linus Ullmark finished with a 26-of-27 line for his 12th victory of the season. Ullmark has now stopped 49 of the 50 shots he’s faced since last Saturday’s ugly-looking Luke Hughes goal that gave the Devils a two-goal lead they lost in what was a strong comeback win for the Bruins.

    Blue Jackets netminder Spencer Martin, meanwhile, took the loss with a 23-of-27 performance in what was a bit of a spoiler in an otherwise strong season series showing against the Bruins.

  • The Bruins also survived another in-game injury scare of sorts, too, with Mason Lohrei smacked in the face with an errant puck that drew blood and likely led to some dental work.

    Lohrei, who departed down the tunnel on two separate occasions because of the issue, ultimately returned for the third period and did not appear to suffer any additional setbacks.

    The Bruins will return home for a two-game homestand with tilts against the Penguins on Thursday and Lightning on Saturday.

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