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Claude Julien’s lead dogs will be wiped out from Olympic competition and travel to and from Sochi. It’s why the Bruins’ pre-break march was critical in how they’ll approach the remainder of the regular season.
The Bruins spun off an 8-1-2 record in their 11 games before the break. Their only stinker was a 4-1 dog against Montreal Jan. 30. The result of their run: a 7-point lead in the Atlantic Division over second-place Tampa Bay. Their quest before the break was to bank as many points as possible to prepare for March’s meat grinder.