The last time the Boston Bruins had a perfect six-game road trip, Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito were leading the team to their second Stanley Cup title in three years.
Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for his second shutout, Nathan Horton scored early in the third, and Boston won its season-high sixth straight, all on the road, with a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Boston’s 6-0 trip matched the team’s longest perfect trip since 1971-72, when the eventual Cup champions won six straight from Feb. 17-26.
“I don’t think we have any of those kinds of names or players,” Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “Those are such legends that it’s hard to really be compared to those guys. We’re really trying to focus on playing well and playing our game and playing for each other, and win as many games as possible and have good feelings after the games, no regrets.”
Craig Anderson made 20 saves in his fifth straight start for Ottawa. Anderson is 3-2 with the Senators since he was acquired from Colorado on Feb. 18 in a trade that sent goalie Brian Elliott to the Avalanche.
“He played outstanding,” Senators left-wing Nick Foligno said. “He was very good for us and we’re really happy he’s behind us. He’s bailed us out a few times and we’ve just got play a little bit better and try to bury our chances when we get them.”
Elsewhere in the NHL it was: Vancouver 2 Columbus 1 (SO); Calgary 6 St. Louis 0; Montreal 3 Atlanta 1; Edmonton 2 Nashville 1 (SO); Washington 2 New York Islanders 1 (OT); Carolina 2 Florida 1; Buffalo 3 New York Rangers 2; Dallas 3 Phoenix 2; and San Jose 2 Colorado 1 (SO).
At Ottawa, Rask stopped 10 shots in the first period, 14 in the second and nine in the third. It was his eighth career shutout, his first since a 41-save effort in a 4-0 win over Florida on Nov. 18. It was his second win at Scotiabank Place on the road trip.
“He was unbelievable for us. We weren’t too good in front of him but he was there for us and we pulled it out,” said Horton, who scored his 18th goal 1:43 into the third when he put a loose puck into a gaping net off a goalmouth scramble.
The winning streak is the Bruins’ longest in nearly two years. Boston, which leads the Northeast Division with 81 points, had a six-game streak from March 22-April 4, 2009.
Rask went 4-0 on the trip, including a win at Edmonton on Sunday to cap a three-game swing through western Canada.
“Getting those two starts to start off the road trip was really a big thing for me and helped me gain confidence,” Rask said.
All-star Tim Thomas won in Calgary and Vancouver between Rask’s four road starts.
“It’s always nice when you have two great goalies back there,” Horton said. “It doesn’t matter who’s in net, you know they’re going to be there for us.”
Ottawa had won two in a row at home following a 10-game losing streak at Scotiabank Place. The Senators, who fell to 11-17-5 at home, are last in the Eastern Conference with 51 points.
“They’re a great team and they proved that tonight,” Foligno said. “They were able to hold off our attack. We’ve got to be proud of the way we played, though. We did some really good things out there and played with one of the best teams in the East. It’s a positive sign going forward.”
Ottawa right-wing Bobby Butler hit the top corner of the right post with less than one minute remaining in the second.
There was a lengthy video review moments later after Anderson made a pad save on Chara’s shot from the right side. The replay confirmed that the puck had not crossed the goal-line.
At Vancouver, Raffi Torres scored in the eighth round of the shootout, and Roberto Luongo stopped six shooters as the first-place Canucks beat Columbus.
At St. Louis, Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff shut out the Blues for the second time in three days and Jarome Iginla had two goals and two assists.
At Atlanta, Carey Price made a quick recovery from the flu to stop 40 shots and help Montreal beat the Thrashers for the first time in three tries this season.
At Edmonton, Linus Omark and Jordan Eberle scored in a shootout and Martin Gerber stopped 34 shots as the Oilers edged Nashville.
At Washington, Alex Ovechkin scored 1:55 into overtime after Brooks Laich tied the game with a minute left in regulation and the Capitals snatched a win from the New York Islanders.
At Raleigh, N.C., Cory Stillman had a goal and an assist for Carolina five days after the Panthers traded him to the Hurricanes.
At New York, Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal in his Sabres debut and Buffalo made the tight Eastern Conference playoff race a bit more crowded.
At Glendale, Ariz., Jamie Benn scored a power-play goal for Dallas with 4.8 seconds left after Phoenix tied it late.
At San Jose, Calif., Antti Niemi was perfect in the shootout just hours after getting a contract extension, and Ryane Clowe scored in the first round of the tiebreaker.