Away strength and Pastrnak lead Boston to next record

The Boston Bruins continue their impressive run unabated throughout the 2022-23 season. On Tuesday, the East Coast team beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on the road. It was the sixth straight two-point win for the league guests. successful at the Bell Center Patrice Bergeron the decisive goal at the end to make it 3-2 just under three minutes before the end.

“It was a repetitive move. It worked well,” Bergeron said. “The puck came to David (Pastrnak) first. In this situation, I tried to get away from my opponent. Luckily, I managed to protect the shot well so that the goalkeeper probably couldn’t. to see.”

The win in Montreal lifted the Bruins’ stats to 38-5-4, bringing the team’s point total to 80 points after 47 games. No team in NHL history has ever reached that record as quickly as Boston did in the 2022-23 season. Only two other teams have previously managed to reach that number in less than 50 appearances. They are the Philadelphia Flyers (49 games in 1979-80) and the Canadiens (49, 1943-44).

Video: BOS@MTL: Bergeron scores the lead from the slot

A key factor in the Bruins’ success this season has been their strength on the outside. The victory in Montreal was the seventh consecutive win on foreign ice. No local NHL team has defeated the Bruins since Dec. 28. For away games, the stats are 16-4-1 throughout the season. This success rate (76.2%) is one of the highest in the long history of the Boston franchise. Only the Bruins in the 1929/30 season have even more success on the road with a rate of 79.5%.

But the basis of the team’s success has many different facets these days. Another is the individual class of the team’s best strikers. so shined David Pastrnak in the victory at Montreal by four points (1-3-4), becoming only the ninth player in franchise history to have four points in an away game against the Canadiens. The last time Tom Fergus achieved this feat was on November 5, 1983. It just shows how special the Bruins’ season has been so far. The end of Boston’s ice hockey fairy tale is not in sight.

Pastrnak has 37 goals and 69 points (37 goals, 31 assists) in 47 games this season. It’s the second time he’s registered 30 goals and 30 assists in 47 appearances or less (42, 2019-20). He joins Phil Esposito as the only player in Boston history to accomplish the feat multiple times. Esposito managed to do it five times.

In addition to Bergeron and Pastrnak, their teammate also knew David Krejci convincing on the ice. He scored a goal and provided an assist. goalie Jeremy Swayman 20 saves were enough to secure the victory for the Bruins. Brad Merchant posted one assist, extending his current scoring streak to six games (two goals, six assists).

Video: BOS 4, MTL 2

“A lot of it is self-confidence,” Pastrnak said of the record points achieved. “But at the same time, we all give each other every night. All four rows are there for each other and play together, we’re a tight-knit group.”

Victory in Montreal was anything but a surefire success for the Bruins. Kirby roof (30th and 52nd minute) scored twice for the home side, ensuring the game remained open until the final stage. Taylor Room (35th) and Krejci (50th) scored for Boston on the other side, so it felt like overtime until almost 180 seconds before the end of the game. Only Bergeron (58th) and Pastrnak (60th, in) made the decision on the ice in the final phase of the meeting.

“It’s always a special place to play against a special team, not just for me but for the whole group,” Bergeron said after the final siren. “I think we all know the rivalry, but also the tradition on both sides. It’s always a lot of fun and it brings out the best in everyone. You could tell Montreal really wanted to win today. That’s why they have such a good one played against us.”

Coach Jim Montgomery was also pleased. “It was an intense game with a lot of emotions. It took time before we got into the game better. In the end, the players gave their all. The winning goal was great. It was a bit like the playoffs. Our self-confidence disappeared was rewarded again. I’m very happy about that.”

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The Bruins have dominated the league’s last six games with a 25-7 goal difference, for which Bergeron had a simple explanation: “We’re not satisfied. Tonight is a good example. There were a lot of things we could have done. In this game we can do better and we will work on them to solve them better in the next game, but I’m proud that every night we find a way to win games.”

This fact was largely responsible for Boston’s 14-point lead over the second-ranked Carolina Hurricanes. It’s important to note, however, that the Raleigh team only needed 46 games to earn their 66 points, while the Bruins played one more game to earn their 80 points. However, that doesn’t change Boston’s previous dominance in the 2022/23 season.

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