Bruins head west

January 07, 2014 18:41:21 UK

The Boston Bruins open up a three-game west coast road swing on Tuesday when they play the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Centre.

The Bruins, who travel on to play the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks later in the week, lead the Atlantic Division by three points over the chasing Montreal Canadiens and come into the contest with a two-game winning streak.

On Saturday Boston turned back the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at the TD Garden as Torey Krug scored twice in the second period to break open a tied game.

Fellow Division leaders the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6.00 to win the Stanley Cup outright, also are back on the ice when they visit the Canucks at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Like the Bruins (9.00), the Penguins have won two in a row similarly beating the Jets last time out. Evgeni Malkin and James Neal each scored twice and Jussi Jokinen and Matt Niskanen were on target as the Metropolitan Division pace-setters edged the visitors 6-5 at the Consol Energy Center on Sunday.

On Friday, Pittsburgh continue their road swing in Edmonton against a struggling Oilers side before the finale in Calgary over the weekend.

On Monday, the Montreal Canadiens concluded their brief two-game home stand with a 2-1 defeat of the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre to bounce back nicely from a loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Brian Gionta hit the winner for the hosts late in the second period and the Canadiens now head to Philadelphia to play a resurgent Flyers side on Wednesday.

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