Tuukka Rask led the Bruins to nine consecutive wins.
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The Boston Bruins seized control of the Eastern Conference with a 12-1-2 run, thanks to balanced scoring and strong goaltending from Tuukka Rask.
During a stretch of nine consecutive wins, the Bruins allowed one goal or recorded a shutout six times.
"Our goaltending has been outstanding all year without question," power forward Jarome Iginla said. "They give us a chance every night with big momentum shifts. We also feel as the game goes on we can start playing physical to start taking over the game and try to wear teams down."
The Bruins surged toward the top seed on their side of the bracket despite suffering a string of injuries on defense. As they get healthier on the blue line, their postseason profile will only improve.
That 15-game surge moved Boston to the top of our power ratings. Here is how the NHL pecking order shakes out:
GOOD NEWS: No. 3 goaltender Dustin Tokarski shut out Buffalo, improving to 2-0-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average. He helped the Canadiens survive the loss of Carey Price for eight games with a lower-body injury.
BAD NEWS: A tough stretch of six of seven games on the road awaits them.
BOTTOM LINE: The Canadiens need goalie Carey Price to settle back into his Olympic groove and become the difference.