The Boston Bruins are in the midst of a historic season and it is coming to a close. The final 5 games approach the league leaders and they have already secured home ice throughout the entire playoffs. So, what’s there left to play for?
The Bruins enter the season with a lot of uncertainty but they quickly blew the shadows of doubt away commanding the leagues attention. Through 77 games the B’s have a 60-12-5 record, for a new franchise record of 125 points. They are also the 4th team in league history to eclipse the 60 win total as they also smashed their own franchise record of 57 wins.
At the center of attention there have been two constants with this team. First between the pipes goaltender Linus Ullmark has put up a fabulous Vezina trophy campaign. He currently leads the NHL in wins (38), goals against average (1.91), and save percentage (.937%). Ullmark could be the first goaltender to win the goaltender triple crown since Carey Price did it in 2015. He would be the first Bruins to win the Vezina since Tuukka Rask in 2013. Price did win the Hart Memorial Trophy that season for most valuable player. It would be extremely hard for Ullmark to do especially since he would have to beat out Connor McDavid.
With the goaltending taken care of that left David Pastrnak to fill the other net with as many pucks as possible. So far he has done exactly that and is terrorizing teams for poor defense. Pastrnak is the first Bruins to eclipse the 50 goal mark since Cam Neely. This is Pastrnak’s first time breaking 100 points on the season and he is looking for more. Hopefully he can keep riding this wave into the playoffs.
With only 5 games remaining the Bruins need 7 points to tie and 8 to break the point record of 132. The Bruins final game is against the Montreal Canadiens who hold the current record and how sweet would it be to rip that record away from them on their own home ice.