NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, February 26th
(All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (30-27-5) at Boston Bruins (41-12-8), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins will try to
post back-to-back wins for the first time in three weeks when they host the
Anaheim Ducks tonight at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins lead the East as well as the Northeast Division with 90 points on
the year, but won for just the second time in eight games with Tuesday's
blowout win over Florida. Boston still leads Montreal by 19 points in the
division and is nine points ahead of Washington for the conference's top seed.
Boston ended a two-game slide with a 6-1 thrashing of the visiting Panthers.
Byron Bitz scored the second and third goals of his career to highlight the
Bruins' lopsided win at the Garden.
The rookie winger was joined in the scoring barrage by Patrice Bergeron, Mark
Stuart, Aaron Ward and Michael Ryder. Marc Savard and Stephane Yelle added two
assists each, while Tim Thomas made 24 saves for the win.
The Bruins last won consecutive games during a four-game winning streak from
January 31-February 5.
Boston kicked off a six-game homestand with Tuesday's victory to end a two-
game losing streak as the host. The Bruins have an excellent 20-4-4 record in
Beantown this season.
The Ducks, meanwhile, come into tonight's test riding a two-game winning
streak. Anaheim is 2-1-0 so far on a season-high six-game road trip and is
15-14-2 as the visiting team this season.
Anaheim has 65 points and is currently tied with Minnesota, Dallas and
Edmonton for the final two postseason berths in the Western Conference. The
Oilers will host Columbus tonight, while the Stars and Wild are idle.
The Ducks notched a 5-2 win in Columbus on Saturday and followed with
Tuesday's close win at Buffalo. Mike Brown got the eventual game-winning goal
late in the second period to lead Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over the Sabres at
Teemu Selanne and Todd Marchant also scored for the Ducks, who had lost three
straight prior to winning back-to-back games. J.S. Giguere made 34 saves in
Anaheim posted a home win over the Bruins in the lone meeting between the
clubs during the 2007-08 campaign, and it's been over three years since the
Ducks last visited Beantown. Boston recorded a home overtime win over the
Ducks on January 16, 2006 and has taken two of its last three encounters with
Anaheim at the Garden.
02/26 10:36:27 ET