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A Balanced Attack Buoys Bruins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- The Bruins lead the NHL with 3.65 goals per game, fueled by the rapid production they’re getting from all four lines.

Throughout the season, the B’s have strung together consecutive high-scoring games – most notably the time they scored six goals in three straight games from Nov. 7-12.

And after Wednesday’s 6-1 win over New Jersey, the Bruins came away with a 9-0 victory over the Calgary Flames last night.

“I think it’s confidence honestly,” forward Patrice Bergeron said, who had two goals and one assist. “I think the depth we’ve been talking about all year has been helping us a lot, but four lines feeling confident – feeling good about themselves obviously helps a lot. And every line wants to contribute and go out there and find ways to score.”

All four lines scored tonight, with 12 different skaters recording points. Forwards Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Tyler Seguin and Benoit Pouliot, along with Bergeron, all recorded three points in the victory.

Pouliot was a game-time fill in on the second line with Bergeron and Seguin, as forward Brad Marchand was scratched with flu-like symptoms.

“Well it says that we’ve got depth and we back each other up when we’re missing one of our best players,” Pouliot said. “Some guys needed to step up, and obviously props to our goalies. Our goalies have been playing awesome all year long and we just keep scoring goals. And sometimes [it’s] 6-0 after the second [period], but we still need to push hard and we don’t want to stop scoring.”

Tuukka Rask got the start in net tonight, and stopped all 25 shots that came his way. Rask was appreciative of the nine-goal lead his teammates established for him, but said he was more happy about the complete effort from the start to the finish.

“You try to stop every puck no matter what,” Rask said. “As a goalie, you don’t play the score, you play the focus on every puck. Guys have been able to score a lot of goals, and the biggest key is playing the full 60-minutes and keeping them on the outside and limiting scoring chances.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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