The Boston Bruins won against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night with a score of 5-4. David Pastrnak’s goal at the middle of the third period was the deciding factor. Dmitry Orlov, Trent Frederic, Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle also each scored while Jeremy Swayman saved 30 goals. It was a historic regular season for Boston since they had 65 wins, 12 losses, and 5 draws.
The Bruins finished their season on a high note, setting records of wins (65) and points (135). Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark celebrated this accomplishment for five minutes before shifting their focus to the playoffs. They both have confidence that they will achieve great results together in the upcoming matches.
The Boston Bruins recently set a new record for most NHL points in a season. With a win against the Washington team on Tuesday, the Bruins earned 133 points, more than the old record that was held by the Montreal Canadiens from 1976-77. Before, shootouts and overtime wins were not counted towards totals like they are today, which is why the Bruins’ record-breaking total was higher than what they used to be.
The Bruins did something really special on Sunday at Philadelphia – they set a new NHL victory record with 63 wins, which is more than any other team! Coach Jim Montgomery said that even though they should appreciate their accomplishment, they can’t dwell on it too long because they have just three days until the next game.
The Bruins will compete against the Florida Panthers in the first round of the playoffs. The Panthers won the President’s Trophy last season and are a really tough team to beat, according to Montgomery. If the Bruins want to win, they’ll have to be at their very best!
Lucas Condotta scored an awesome goal on his NHL debut, and Michael Pezzetta added a goal plus an assist for the Canadiens! Nick Suzuki and Justin Barron also got goals, so Montreal ended their season with 31-45-6. Sam Montembeault made 16 saves back to back during the final game.
Condotta said it was really loud in the arena, as everyone cheered when they called out his name. He said it even sounded better than the crowd cheering in Toronto—it was two times more amazing!
Montreal got into the lead early when Condotta used his hockey stick to shoot the puck into the goal 3:27 minutes into the game. Joel Teasdale helped him out and gained his first NHL point for it.
Boston managed to catch up 9:19 minutes in by redirecting Connor Clifton’s shot from the right circle area.
And then, DeBrusk scored a goal 14:40 minutes later with a well aimed shot from a close distance, giving Boston their first lead since the start of the game.
Joel Edmundson grabbed a pass off the boards and shot from the blue line. Suzuki tipped it in, which was his 26th goal – that’s equal to Cole Caufield’s record!
A minute later, Rem Pitlick raced Swayman for the puck and passed it to Pezzetta who tapped in his 7th goal of the season into an empty net – giving Montreal the lead.
But Boston got back on track when Orlov fired a shot just under the crossbar which made it 3-all at 13:58 in period two.
Barron hit a loose puck in the center and scored, giving Montreal 3 chances to lead the game 1 minute into the third period.
Coyle then made it even with Boston by shooting a wrist shot and beating Montembeault at 8:48 minutes.
A few minutes later, Orlov passed it across to Pastrnak who scored his 61st goal of the season – this was what sealed the win for them!
During the second period of the game, Mike Matheson from the Canadiens got tangled up with Coyle in the neutral zone and ended up on the ground. The team reported that he had a lower-body injury and so couldn’t keep playing. That means that for the Canadiens, their season is now over. The Bruins, however, will be starting a playoff series against the Florida Panthers soon.