Frank Vatrano showed off some fancy stick work before slotting in a second period goal on Sunday, Patrice Bergeron scored twic,e and the Bruins never looked back in a convincing 6-3 victory against the Dallas Stars.

The win caps a four game road trip in which the Bruins went 3-1. They won twice in California and outscored teams 12-5 in wins. The only slip up came against the Anaheim Ducks, a 5-3 off night for Boston’s defense.

After four three game losing streaks and a 26-23-6 record, Boston looked all but out of the playoffs on February 4. The firing of Claude Julien looked to be too little too late in a lost season.

Flash forward three weeks later, and the Bruins are 32-24-6 and just four points out of first place in the Atlantic.

Bruce Cassidy has not changed much in terms of line ups, but it looks like a new face and voice at the helm was just what the Bruins needed to spark a playoff push.

The first line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Backes is looking great again, scoring three goals at Dallas and ten since Cassidy took over. David Pastrnak has also seen more and more time recently with this line and is on fire, having scored in each of the last two games.

Pastrnak and David Krejci have also regained form, scoring seven goals since Cassidy took over. The defense is also getting on the score sheet with Kevin Miller, Adam McQuaid, Zdeno Chara (twice), and Brandon Carlo all netting goals since February 4.

Before Cassidy, Boston was in the bottom half of the league in scoring and still boast only Brad Marchand among the top 25 in points.

Boston is still allowing a lot of goals, letting in nine over their last three games. However, this clip is better than the stretch right before the firing of Julien, in which nine of ten opponents scored at least three goals.

The Bruins now cling to the third spot in the Atlantic, ready to challenge for the division title just four points out. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers are breathing down their necks, just one point and four points out, respectively. Each team also has a game in hand.

A stretch of five of six home games is next for the Bruins. They must improve at TD Garden, where they are 15-13, a worse record then their 16-11-6 road line. The home stand starts on Tuesday night with a visit from the Arizona Coyotes at 7 pm.

Patrick English is a soccer and NHL writer for The Sports Blaze. View all of his previous posts HERE. Follow him on twitter @penglish156 or contact him at patrick.english1007@gmail.com.

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Patrick English
Soccer/NHL Writer

Patrick English is a soccer and NHL writer for The Sports Blaze, focusing primarily on La Liga and the Premier League. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Patrick works full time as an English teacher at a secondary school north of Madrid, Spain. He is an avid Boston sports fan, which he inherited from his maternal grandmother, and also follows Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid. He spends most of his free time playing and watching sports, but also enjoys reading and listening to electronic music. He also has a knack for acquiring nicknames over the years and his favorites are ¨Nick Nack¨, ¨Party City¨ and ¨penglish¨. Follow him on twitter @penglish156 or contact him at patrick.english1007@gmail.com

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