BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins saved their newest record-setting efficiency of the season for his or her dwelling crowd. Brad Marchand and Tyler Bortuzzo had energy play targets and the Bruins broke the NHL factors file with a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night time of their regular-season dwelling finale.(Bruins top NHL season points mark)
Below chants of “We would like the Cup!” from followers inside TD Backyard the Bruins’ received their seventh straight to push their factors whole to 133, another than the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens. These Canadiens performed in an period with out extra time and shootouts. The Bruins have 11 further factors — 5 for shootout wins and 6 for extra time wins — unavailable to Canadiens once they set the file.
“We’re completely happy about it, do not get me improper. But it surely’s a regular-season file,” Marchand stated. “Playoffs begin and every part begins over once more. There’s going to be 16 groups which have the identical aim in thoughts and what we have achieved thus far has no bearing on that.”
The Bruins broke the mark a recreation after setting the NHL victory’ file with 63 on Sunday at Philadelphia, breaking a tie with the 1995-96 Detroit Purple Wings and 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I feel (Montreal’s) wins in 80 video games is a bit more vital,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery stated. However he added it is nonetheless significant “as a result of these had been dominant hockey groups.”
Tomas Nosek, Garnet Hathaway and Jake DeBrusk additionally scored for Boston on Tuesday night time in win No. 64.
An evening after reaching 60 targets in season for the primary time, David Pastrnak posted his fiftieth and 51st assists. Linus Ullmark completed with 19 saves, with left the sport with simply over 9 minutes left with what Montgomery stated was “muscle tightening.” Marchand and Patrice Bergeron added assists.
When the playoffs start the Bruins can have home-ice benefit all through in pursuit of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship since 2011.
Nick Jensen and Tom Wilson scored for the Capitals. Charlie Lindgren had 33 saves, together with a one-handed, gloveless save on Pastrnak early within the third interval.
Wilson narrowed what had been a two-goal deficit to 3-2 within the third earlier than Nosek discovered Hathaway slicing towards the web for his thirteenth aim.
The Bruins received their first energy play of the sport with 12:24 left within the second after Matt Irwin was known as for a cross-check on Taylor Corridor.
Lower than a minute later Boston turned it right into a 1-0 lead when Pastrnak gathered a cross from Patrice Bergeron, instantly drew some defenders in the midst of the ice and flipped it to backside of the proper faceoff circle to Marchand, who completed off his twenty first aim of the season. It was his first aim in 17 video games after having final scored in a loss to Edmonton on March 9.
“You nearly need to snort about it,” Marchand stated. “It is a type of issues I feel the place it will get irritating, however then it will get to a degree the place it is simply laughable. You may’t take it too severe and I feel that is the place it received to. It isn’t the norm and I do know that.”
Boston was on the ability play once more after Tom Wilson was known as for roughing Charlie McAvoy with just below seven minutes to play within the interval.
The Bruins made it 2-0 when Bertuzzi discovered himself in good place to rebound a shot by Pastrnak and push by way of his eighth aim of the season.
Jensen trimmed the margin to a aim with 4:53 left within the interval, when his wrist shot appeared to clip McAvoy and trickle by Fullmark for Jensen’s fifth aim of the 12 months of the 12 months.
BOWMAN WEIGHS IN
Corridor of Fame coach Scotty Bowman was in attendance when Tampa Bay hosted Toronto on Tuesday.
A good friend of Montgomery and coach for the earlier record-setting seasons by Montreal and Detroit, the 89-year-old stated he would not thoughts seeing these marks surpassed.
“We nonetheless have a part of the file, we received 132 factors in 80 video games I preserve telling him,” Bowman stated with smile. “I do not thoughts. I am glad for him as a result of he made an excellent comeback. He is received confidence. They have an excellent crew. … I am sufficiently old to know that I needn’t have all my information, and if he can them I am completely happy for him.”
NOTES: It was simply Boston’s second time with two energy play targets in a recreation this season. It additionally had two in a 7-3 win over Florida on Dec. 19. … Washington’s Jensen has now scored in a career-high 5 video games. … Henrik Borgstrom was recalled from the AHL Hershey Bears Tuesday and have become the primary Finnish participant to decorate for the Capitals in 14 years.
Capitals: Host New Jersey on Thursday night time.
Bruins: At Montreal on Thursday night time.