Taylor Hall
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Taylor Hall

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Published Dec. 1, 2015 11:49 a.m. ET

Though far from complacent, the Boston Bruins are having a good time amid their longest winning stretch of the season.

The visiting Bruins will try for a sixth consecutive victory Wednesday night against the lowly Edmonton Oilers.

Things didn't look very bright while Boston (13-8-1) lost five of the first seven in November, but its collective attitude improved while winning the final five of the month. The Bruins last won six in a row during a 12-game run in March 2014.

"Winning's just fun," forward Matt Beleskey told the Bruins' official website. "Keeping that up is almost easy. You come to the rink, you're having fun - you've just got to stay focused.


"I think everyone likes that feeling in here, and being on a winning streak's great. So it's something we're going to have to keep working on."

Boston's surge has been keyed by a defense that's yielded 10 goals in the last five games after giving up 23 in the previous seven. The Bruins have killed 15 of 16 penalties during the five-game run after opponents converted 10 of 29 chances through the first seven of November.

"We've got to keep going, keep playing our game, and I think we see (in the dressing room) when we do it, good things happen," Beleskey said.

Boston hasn't played since showing its mettle by erasing a pair of one-goal deficits to score the final two of Friday's 4-3 win over the New York Rangers.

"We have to know that we can win games when we're down by a goal or two or three and we keep that resiliency going," winger Brad Marchand said.

David Krejci scored the winner late against the Rangers for his ninth of the season. He has two goals with seven assists in the last 10 contests.

Boston begins this three-game western Canadian trip at Edmonton, where it's 13-game series winning streak ended with a 4-3, 12-round shootout loss Feb. 18.

A winner of three in a row, Boston's Tuukka Rask is 4-0-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average against Edmonton.

The Oilers (8-15-2) concluded a 1-3-1 trip against Eastern Conference teams with a 3-0 loss to Toronto on Monday.

''I didn't think we were a very hard team,'' said Edmonton coach Todd McLellan, whose team recorded eight shots in each period. ''I didn't think we stood over a lot of pucks. I didn't think we won a lot of battles along the boards. I didn't think we were competitive enough in a lot of areas to come up with the victory.''

Edmonton totaled six non-shootout goals and was shut out twice on the trek.

"It's frustrating," said forward Taylor Hall, who recorded one of his team-leading 25 points on the trip. "We're going to have to manage to get some wins on the board. ... We've been right there (on the trip), but it seems like we've been right there the whole season."

Hall has five goals and 10 assists in 10 home games, but one point in four overall against Boston.


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