Bruins continue to gain ground

08 February 2018 05:35:53 EST

The gap between first and second in the Atlantic Division is down to a single point after the Boston Bruins blasted the New York Rangers on Wednesday evening.

Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Riley Nash, Zdeno Chara, Tim Schaller and Sean Kuraly were also on target for the visitors to Madison Square Garden, as the Bruins rolled to a 6-1 triumph.

Boston avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers, who had won 4-2 and 3-2 in their two previous meetings earlier in the campaign.

The Bruins play six of their next eight away from the TD Garden in Boston, but return home on Saturday to face the Buffalo Sabres, before heading out to the Prudential Center in Newark to take on the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the leaders in the Atlantic Division, the Tampa Bay Lightning, are home on Thursday when they host the Vancouver Canucks.

It's the first game back at the Amalie Arena for Tampa Bay since the middle of January and they have played eight games on the road, four either side of the All-Star break.

The Lightning went 5-3 on the road swing, but such is the recent play of the Bruins that Boston has almost reeled in Tampa Bay.

Saturday the Los Angeles Kings are the visitors to Florida, before the Lightning are once again on the road when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres next Monday and Tuesday.

Tampa Bay and Boston have played just once this campaign so far, a 3-2 victory for the Bruins at the TD Garden at the end of November, but will play three times in a little over two weeks come the middle of March.

The Lightning are 1/7 to win the Atlantic Division, with the Bruins 4/1 and the Maple Leafs 500/1.

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