Bruins beat Blackhawks, win 11th straight at home to tie NHL record

Bruins beat Blackhawks, win 11th straight at home to tie NHL record

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins tied an NHL record by winning their 11th straight home game to start the season, 6-1 against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden on Saturday.

The Bruins tied the record previously set by the 1963-64 Blackhawks and the 2021-22 Florida Panthers.

“It’s a special team,” the Bruins captain said Patrice Bergeron said “We have a lot of depth, and I think it shows. Everybody’s contributing, everybody’s valued, and I think everybody’s confident, and I think that’s the most important thing, right?”

Video: [email protected]: Bergeron doubles lead with time

To David Pastor scored twice, Charlie McAvoy had four assists, and Brad Marchand had three assists for Boston (16-2-0), which has won six straight. Bergeron had a goal and an assist to reach 999 NHL points, and Jeremy Swayman made 17 saves in his first game since Nov. 1 with a lower-body injury.

“It was a pretty dominant performance,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “From the beginning, we played pretty well. If you have to be picky, I think we got a little careless with the puck. We tried to be too perfect because we had it a lot, but it was a really good game. .”

Jonathan Toews he scored, and Petr Mrazek made 37 saves for Chicago (6-8-3), which has lost three straight.

“[The Bruins are] well coached and they have great leadership,” Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said. “We’ve shown that at times this year. We have to be a little more consistent in that, and that’s what Boston is. They are very consistent every night, every shift. It’s hard to play against them.”

Video: [email protected]: Pastrnak gets second goal off Foligno feed

Pastrnak gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 4:53 of the first period with a layup from the right circle on a power play. After a flurry of shots on Mrazek, Marchand connected with Pastrnak on an ice pass in the final seconds of the man advantage.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 4:28 of the second period with a layup from the left faceoff circle.

Toews made it 2-1 with a power play goal at 10:37. Max Domi‘s point shot deflected off Toews’ stick and over Swayman’s right shoulder.

“We had moments where we controlled the game pretty well,” the Blackhawks defenseman said Jarred Tinordi said “I know the score was what it was, but even early in the game when it was a 2-1 game, we had moments where we hung onto the puck a little bit more. We’re looking to make plays. We don’t want to give the puck away. That’s something we’ve got to bring a little more consistently.”

Video: [email protected]: DeBrusk scores PPG in 2nd period

Jake DeBrusk made it 3-1 at 18:10 on a power play, tipping Marchand’s pass into the goal. McAvoy set up the play to get the secondary assist.

“A couple of fun shifts, just trying to make some things happen,” McAvoy said. “Feeling confident with the puck. Legs feel good, brain feels good. Trying to move quickly and use my first reads. It’s definitely easy when you’re playing with guys with that much skill.”

David Krejci pushed it to 4-1 with 41 seconds left in the second on a slap shot from the circle facing right.

“I don’t think we play it with enough confidence,” the Blackhawks defenseman said Connor Murphy said “We let them dictate the plays and drive around our zone, and we weren’t together defensively, and sometimes when we were able to get stops, we kind of panicked and gave up too many pucks.”

Video: [email protected]: Krejci scores in 2nd period

Pastrnak made it 5-1 on a 2-on-1 run with Nick Foligno at 11:12 of the third period, and Taylor Hall scored from the high slot at 17:57 for a 6-1 final.

Boston outshot Chicago 43-18.

“We’re playing well, so we’ve got to be happy with that,” Marchand said. “But again, we’ve got to get better and keep getting better. As the season goes on, teams get more marked on their defensive game and the stakes get a little bit higher as the playoffs roll on, so we to keep increasing.”

NOTES: Pastrnak, Marchand and Bergeron accounted for the same goal for the 88th time, second most by a trio in Bruins history behind Ken Hodge, Phil Esposito and Wayne Cashman (103). … Only three defensemen in Bruins history recorded more assists in a game than McAvoy: Bobby Orr (six, Jan. 1, 1973 and five, Dec. 20, 1969), Glen Wesley (five on Oct. 16 of 1988) and Ray Bourque (five on February 18, 1990; five on January 2, 1994).

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