Barry Pederson of NESN joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to talk about the Bruins’ strengths so far, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin‘s styles of play, and the newly proposed NHL realignment plan.

The Bruins ended their road trip with a season-high fourth straight win, beating the Islanders, 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Boston got goals from Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Gregory Campbell, with Casey Cizikas scoring the Islanders’ only goal.

The teams entered the second period tied at one before the B’s turned in a two-goal second period with goals from Marchand and Krejci. Campbell added an empty-netter in the third.

Tuukka Rask made a season-high 36 saves on 37 shots, improving to 10-1-2 on the season.

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Long before he received a 10-minute misconduct for protesting some uneven officiating on cross-checks, Milan Lucic put the Bruins on the board at the 7:57 mark in the first period, and the Bruins remained on the offensive en route to a 4-1 victory in Florida over the Panthers. Boston improved to an outstanding 7-1-1 mark on the road.

The Bruins beat the Lightning, 4-2, Thursday night in Tampa thanks to a two-goal performance from Nathan Horton.

The B’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to first-period goals from Horton and Patrice Bergeron. Steven Stamkos got the Lightning on the board at 8:13 of the first, with rookie Cory Conacher tying it up in the second with his sixth goal of the season. The B’s retook the lead at 13:58 of the second on Brad Marchand’s team-leading ninth goal of the season. Horton made it 4-2 2:33 into the the third.

Seven Bruins players and coach Claude Julien were among the team’s representatives during a Monday visit to Newtown, Conn., where they spent some time with locals who still are mourning the loss of 20 children and six school staff killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.

The “2012”-13 campaign is young enough that some Bruins are still looking for their first goals, but the magic (or whatever you want to call it) of the lockout-shortened season is that the B’s are actually over a quarter of the way through their schedule.  

The Bruins snapped their two-game losing streak Sunday night, coming from behind to beat the Jets, 3-2, in Winnipeg.

The Jets opened the scoring in the second period with Alex Burmistrov’s second of the season, with Tyler Seguin redirecting a Zdeno Chara wrist shot past Ondrej Pavalec to tie it at one. Evander Kane made it 2-1 in the final minute of the second, but Daniel Paille redirected a Johnny Boychuk past Pavelec with 1.5 seconds remaining in the period.

Sometimes it takes an anomaly to put things in perspective. Such an anomaly came Friday night when the Bruins, who have been sensational in the third period this season, allowed three unanswered third-period goals to the Sabres, blowing a 2-1 lead and suffering their second regulation loss of the season in the process. 

The Sabres scored three consecutive third-period goals to come from behind and beat the Bruins, 4-2, Friday night at First Niagara Center.

The loss dropped the Bruins to 8-2-2 on the season, with the Sabres having delivered both regulation defeats. Buffalo held the B’s to  just three shots in the final period, outshooting them, 10-3, over the final 20 minutes.