Patrice Bergeron scored for the second straight contest as the
Bruins improved to 10-0-3 in their last 13 road games and pulled
even with St. Louis (101 points) in the race for the Presidents'
Trophy. Carl Soderberg netted a power-play goal to extend his point
streak to four contests and defenseman Dougie Hamilton notched a
pair of assists in the victory.
Semyon Varlamov turned aside 26 shots for the Avalanche, who were
the final NHL team to be shut out this season. Colorado suffered its
third straight setback (0-2-1) and fell three points behind
second-place Chicago, which posted a 3-2 victory over Carolina on
Friday to climb within four of the Blues in the Central Division.
Johnson highlighted his fifth consecutive victory and second shutout
of the season by making 14 saves in the first period. The
27-year-old faced only seven shots in the third despite the
Avalanche pulling Varlamov for an extra attacker with five minutes
remaining in the session.
Bergeron cleaned up his own rebound and tucked the puck past
Varlamov to open the scoring 5:12 into the first period. With his
team on its lone power play, Soderberg doubled the advantage with
6:49 remaining in the second by skating inside the right faceoff
circle and wiring a shot inside the far post.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Boston's winning streak eclipsed Anaheim's run in
December for the longest in the NHL this season. It also is the
Bruins' longest since a 13-game stretch from Feb. 23-March 20, 1971.
... Boston RW Jarome Iginla saw both his four-game goal-scoring
streak and six-game point run come to an end. ... Colorado C Paul
Stastny returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday's 5-4
overtime loss to Winnipeg with a back injury.
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