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Avs latest to challenge Bruins' home dominance

Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins

  1. The Bruins, who beat the Avs, 5-1, in the last game between the teams (Feb. 21 in Boston), have not won consecutive games against Colorado since 1998 (March 30 and October 14). Boston is 9-18-4 in 32 games versus the Avalanche since those two wins.
  2. The Avalanche have won their last six games against Eastern Conference teams. Since they joined the Western Conference 27 years ago, the Avs' only longer single-season winning streak versus Eastern Conference clubs is their 11-game streak in 2021-22 (Dec. 6-Feb. 19).
  3. Nathan MacKinnon tied his NHL/Avs career high for points in one game with two goals and three assists in Colorado's 6-4 win at Buffalo on Thursday. It was his fifth five-point game, third most by an Avalanche player since the Nordiques moved to Denver from Quebec in 1995, behind Peter Forsberg (nine) and Joe Sakic (six).
  4. With a victory in this game the 2022-23 Bruins would become the third team in NHL history to record its 20th win of a season no later than its 23rd game. The 1929-30 Bruins did that in their 22nd game (20-2-0) and the 2012-13 Blackhawks did so in their 23rd game (20-0-3).
  5. The Bruins have won their last 20 home games (regular-season and playoffs), tying a club record set in 1929-30. There have been three other home win streaks of 20 or more games in NHL history: 24 games by the Flyers (January-April 1976), 23 games by the Red Wings (2011-12) and 20 games by the Flyers (February-May 1985).
  6. Taylor Hall scored two goals in Boston's 3-1 win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. It was the 27th multiple-goal game of Hall's NHL career and his second for the Bruins (May 10, 2021 vs. the Islanders). Hall's last seven multi-goal games have all come on home ice.
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

After defeating two Eastern Conference foes, the Boston Bruins close out a four-game homestand with back-to-back games against two of the West's best over a span of three days.

First up is a Saturday visit to Boston from the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

The game pits the Bruins against a team that is 7-2 over the last nine head-to-head meetings and includes a load of talent in the likes of top-flight defensemen Cale Makar and Devon Toews and elite scorers Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon.

Bruins coach Jim Montgomery is confident his team has the tools to match up.

"Their ability to read off each other ... and their skating is elite," Montgomery said of Makar and Toews, who both played collegiately in New England at UMass and Quinnipiac, respectively.

"It's such a luxury to have two players like (Charlie) McAvoy and (Hampus) Lindholm," the Bruins' coach added. "Play them together against (Tampa Bay's Brayden) Point's line, and they do a great job 5-on-5 ... or we can split them up. They're both elite, 200-foot defensemen."

Boston's duo logged team-high ice time while holding the Lightning to a power-play goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win. Taylor Hall scored twice for the Bruins, who are a league-best 13-0-0 at home.

"I feel like there's definitely a calmness within our game," Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo said. "There's not a lot of times where we get overwhelmed with anything. ... It starts with the coaching staff allowing us to just play a simple game."

Though Colorado had the upper hand in recent meetings, David Pastrnak had two goals and an assist as Boston dominated in a 5-1 home win on Feb. 21 last season.

The Bruins will look to continue the home-ice momentum that has remained all season.

"I think we know (the win streak) is there, but it's not something we focus on," Montgomery said. "It's more about our process that allows us to have positive outcomes. (Captain) Patrice Bergeron is driven that way mentally, and I've always been a process-oriented coach. ... We're together in how we think things should work."

Colorado began its four-game road trip by losing 5-0 on Tuesday at Winnipeg before bouncing back to beat Buffalo 6-4 on Thursday.

"It wasn't pretty, but found a way to get a win," Colorado forward J.T. Compher said. "Stuck with it. Wasn't the best we've played."

The Avalanche's NHL-best power play (33.8 percent) went 3-for-6 at Buffalo, tallying twice in a short second-period span to turn around a 2-1 deficit.

Before going 0-for-3 on Tuesday, the Avs scored man-up goals in eight straight games and 10 of their last 11.

"That was the best our power play has looked all year -- in that 45 seconds," coach Jared Bednar said. "Attack mentality. ... I think they were hungry to go get another one."

Just over two minutes after getting the pair of power-play goals, MacKinnon scored for a 4-2 advantage.

MacKinnon notched a season-high five points (two goals, three assists) for the fifth time in his NHL career. In the same game, he passed Milan Hejduk for fifth place in franchise history with 431 career assists and reached the 250-goal mark.

Though half of the game was played on special teams, Bednar liked his team's 5-on-5 play with Compher coming through with two goals as part of a four-point effort.

"J.T. had a big night, too," Bednar said. "That line (Compher, Andrew Cogliano and Logan O'Connor) was really good in the checking side of it and helped produce a bunch of offense. They (got) the big timely goal to give us another cushion."

--Field Level Media

Updated December 3, 2022

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