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Preview: Senators at Bruins

The Boston Bruins have gone two months without losing at home and will attempt to keep the streak intact when they host the Ottawa Senators on Friday night in the front end of a home-and-home series. The Bruins, who hold a three-point lead over Tampa Bay atop the Atlantic Division, are riding a 14-game point streak at TD Garden and their 15 home victories are second in the league to Pittsburgh (17). Boston has won seven of its last nine overall and will be going for its eighth straight home win.

Bruins continue home dominance with win over Sabres

Bruins continue home dominance with win over Sabres BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are taking this home ice advantage thing seriously. "That's what you try to do every year -- you want to make your building a tough one to play in and the crowd's been great and they've helped out a lot so far throughout the year," left winger Milan Lucic said after his team-high 12th goal helped the Bruins improve to 12-0-2 in their last 14 home games with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

Preview: Sabres at Bruins

Although they reside at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, the Buffalo Sabres have an opportunity to complete a home-and-home sweep of the team that lives in the penthouse. Buffalo vies for a season-high third consecutive victory on Saturday as it visits the Boston Bruins, who have won seven straight contests at TD Garden and boast an 11-0-2 mark in their last 13 home contests. Marcus Foligno recorded his second straight two-point effort versus the Bruins this season by collecting a goal and an assist in the Sabres' 4-2 triumph on Thursday.

Chara scores twice as Bruins blank Flames

Chara scores twice as Bruins blank Flames BOSTON -- Zdeno Chara has the reputation of being a huge Norris Trophy-winning top shut-down defenseman in the NHL. Now, he's getting a different reputation -- as a power play specialist.

Dark start to year gives way to bright future

By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - An NHL season that nearly never was will be remembered as one that set the course for a bright new future in a seminal year bookended by a deal that secured a decade of labor peace and a multi-billion TV agreement. It was a rough start to 2013 with players locked out by owners, the New Year's Day outdoor Winter Classic canceled and the season on the brink of being scrapped before a last-gasp deal in early January salvaged a 48-game schedule.

Preview: Flames at Bruins

Although one streak came to an end in their last contest, the Boston Bruins look to extend another when they host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. Riddled by both injuries and the flu, the Bruins watched as their four-game winning streak snapped like a twig with Saturday's 6-2 setback to Vancouver. Boston looks to rebound and seize its fifth straight home victory following a 3-1-0 road trip.

Bruins' Thornton suspended 15 games for punching Pens' Orpik

(Reuters) - Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has been suspended without pay for 15 games for punching Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during a National Hockey League (NHL) game a week ago, the league said on Saturday. The incident, which resulted in Orpik sustaining a concussion, occurred during the first period of Boston's 3-2 home win against Pittsburgh on December 7 after Thornton pulled the unsuspecting Orpik to the ice.

Preview: Bruins at Canucks

Something's got to give when the Boston Bruins visit the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Boston is wrapping up a four-game road trip during which it has outscored the opposition 11-5 in winning the first three contests. Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg added a tally and an assist in Edmonton on Thursday as the Bruins posted their 11th consecutive victory over the Oilers - and fourth straight overall.

Preview: Bruins at Oilers

After visiting the former home of one of their players, the Boston Bruins will see a familiar face in their next contest in Alberta. The Bruins make the third stop on their four-game road trip on Thursday, when they face Andrew Ference and the Edmonton Oilers. Boston posted its second victory of the trek and third straight overall with a 2-1 triumph on Tuesday in Jarome Iginla's return to Calgary.

Preview: Bruins at Canadiens

The red-hot Montreal Canadiens can take over first place in the Atlantic Division when they host the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Montreal erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the final four minutes of an eventual 4-3 shootout win at New Jersey on Wednesday to run its point streak to eight games (7-0-1) and close within a point of the division-leading Bruins. The Canadiens have won the last three matchups with Boston, although this will be their first meeting this season.
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