Staring down the bull's-eye

Skating fine line between physical and dirty, targeted Bruins keep grinding out wins

Updated: November 16, 2011, 1:37 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- After winning the Stanley Cup last spring, the Boston Bruins knew they would be the hunted during the entire 2011-12 season.

The Bruins set the bar extremely high and every opponent wants a piece of defending Cup champs. Boston tried to prepare accordingly, but struggled en route to a 3-7 start against some quality teams.

As bad as they were last month, the Bruins have turned it around to play some solid hockey. Boston extended its season-high winning streak to six games ...

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