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Boston extend lead in the Atlantic

March 13, 2014 17:46:33 UK

The Boston Bruins return home to the TD Garden on Thursday to host the Phoenix Coyotes after a successful road trip to Tampa Bay, Florida and Montreal.

All three were victories for the Atlantic Division leaders who increased their winning streak to six games with a 4-1 defeat of the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Tuukka Rask turned away 35 of 36 shots that he faced and Carl Soderberg, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara all lit the lamp for the visitors who pulled to within one game of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Heading in the opposite direction are the Tampa Bay Lightning who welcome in the Florida Panthers on Thursday evening.

The Lightning have lost five in a row, but picked up a couple of regulation points in their shootout losses to the Bruins and Coyotes. For now Tampa Bay remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, but the New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers are all within striking range as the regular season heads to the final stretch.

The Rangers play five of their next six away from Madison Square Garden and are in Minnesota on Thursday to play the Wild.

It’s game two of a three-game road swing that started in Carolina on Tuesday and will end in Winnipeg on Friday. Kevin Klein had New York’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes at the PNC Arena in Raleigh however the Rangers remain in sixth place in the Conference despite the defeat.

The Bruins are 7.00 to win the Stanley Cup, while the Penguins can be backed at 6.50.

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