Bruins Make History by Matching NHL Record with 62nd Win

by Sophia Chen
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The Boston Bruins are getting close to making NHL history. After winning their 62nd game, Taylor Hall said it’s okay to aim for the record. He thinks what they’re trying to do is awesome!

Pavel Zacha scored two goals in the first five minutes and that helped the Bruins beat the Devils 2-1 for their fifth win in a row and their 12th win out of 13 times.

The Bruins are trying to beat the record of regular season wins set by the 1995-96 Red Wings and matched by the 2018-19 Lightning. Neither of those teams went on to win the Stanley Cup and this is still what the Bruins are aiming for.

Coach Jim Montgomery said that winning their remaining games will help them stay prepared for an exciting playoff run. He also mentioned that it could be a great achievement for their team to make the “history books of the most wins ever in a regular season” and getting ready for the last game of the season is what they’re aiming for.

The Boston Bruins have won their third trophy since 2014 and that means they are number 1 in the postseason. They have 129 points right now, but they have a chance to get more and beat the record of 132 which was set by a hockey team in 1976-77. The team had only 80 games back then and couldn’t get extra points for wins during overtime or shootouts.

The Bruins’ first opportunity to break this record is coming up soon when they play Philadelphia on Sunday. Then they will return home to compete with Washington on Tuesday and Montreal on Thursday.

Linus Ullmark, who saved 29 shots, said that we shouldn’t expect anything for free and be proud of ourselves for today’s success because there will be a new challenge tomorrow.

Jesper Bratt scored a goal and Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 38 shots for the Devils. The team is one point behind the Carolina team in Competition for the Metropolitan Division title. Jack Hughes was credited with giving the assist on the goal, meaning he achieved 96 points for this season which ties Patrik Eliáš’ franchise record.

The Devils were punished with a penalty only one minute into the game as Ryan Graves knocked Brad Marchand to the ground while they both chased after a puck. Ryan didn’t think he did anything wrong and wanted to explain it to Brad, but was stopped by the referee.

When the penalty had been going for one minute, Zacha managed to flick the shot from Hampus Lindholm and send it into the goal which resulted in their first point at five minutes out of the first period. Shortly afterwards, Zacha scored another point by shooting a rebound off Blackwoods pads and successfully making it 2-0.

The Devils brought the score to 2-1 with a lucky chance when they managed to leave Bratt alone near the Ullmark goalie. But in the second period, Ullmark didn’t let Hughes and Sharangovich get any goals despite having another one-on-none situation.

The Bruins then stopped a special two-minute long penalty on them just before the break between the second and third periods.

Jared Blackwood made a save to stop David Pastrnak from scoring in the second period. In the end, Nico Hischier blocked a goal that would have been made by Pastrnak since it was an open net. The New Jersey Devils will play against the Buffalo Sabres at their home tomorrow night. Meanwhile, the Bruins will face Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday away from home.

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