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Bruins continue west coast swing

January 09, 2014 18:39:24 UK

The Boston Bruins make the short trip up the I-5 freeway in Southern California on Thursday to play the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

The Bruins, who continue on to San Jose on Saturday to play the Sharks at the SAP Arena, will hope to perform better than on Tuesday, when they were dispatched fairly easily by the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.

Mathieu Perreault scored twice and Corey Perry, Andrew Cogliano and Nick Bonino were also on target for the hosts in the battle of Division leaders.

The Bruins areĀ 1.60 to win the Atlantic Division, with the Tampa Bay Lightning 4.25.

Hoping that the Bruins slip up are the Lightning, who sit two points behind Boston in the Atlantic Division.

Winners of three of four on their northwest road trip that took in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, the Lightning return home to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to entertain the Washington Capitals on Thursday before hitting the road once again on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Both the Flyers and Capitals continue to chase the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division, but it seems something of a forlorn challenge as the Penguins lead by 15 points over Philadelphia with Washington a further four back in the standings.

Wednesday the Flyers took care of the visiting Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with a 3-1 triumph.

Andrej Meszaros picked up an assist on all three goals as Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo and Michael Raffl all were on target for the hosts.

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