Barely a month ago, the Boston Bruins were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but a torrid run has brought them within three points of Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Boston will try to extend its 14-game point streak and move closer to the East-leading Penguins when it visits Pittsburgh on Monday night.
The Bruins (16-7-1) have been on an amazing run over the last five weeks since they went into November with a conference-worst six points at 3-7-0. Boston carried its 13-0-1 surge into December with a third straight victory, 4-1 over Toronto on Saturday.
While acknowledging the impressive stretch, coach Claude Julien looks forward to his team facing a little adversity this week. Monday begins a stretch of three games in four nights for the Bruins, who visit Pittsburgh (16-7-4), then Winnipeg on Tuesday before returning home to host Southeast Division-leading Florida on Thursday.
"It is a good test," Julien said. "I'm kind of looking forward to it because it prob...