Bruins tie NHL record with 11th straight win on Home Ice
BOSTON – The Bruins took it to the Blackhawks with a 6-1 win at the TD Garden on Saturday night and improved to 16-2-0 this season.
“They play the game the way they like to play and have a great time,” coach Jim Montgomery said.
Here are some notes and numbers from Boston’s big win over Chicago:
Recording logs: With the B’s win on Saturday night, they tied the NHL home streak record to start a season at 11-0-0. They tie the record with last year’s Florida Panthers and the 1963-64 Blackhawks. “It’s nice to be part of the record books,” Montgomery said. “One thing we wanted to do was focus on staying in the present. Focus on the next shift, and I thought we did a really good job of that tonight.”
A sweet return: For Jeremy Swayman, keeping Boston’s fan base happy is at the top of his to-do list. “We don’t want to lose on this field,” said Swayman, who was returning from a lower-body injury that kept him out for about two weeks. “Boston fans are the best in the league, so we want to make sure we’re winning at home and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.”
Swayman, making his first start since Oct. 27 against Detroit, didn’t see much action against the Blackhawks, allowing just one goal and seeing just 19 shots. “It’s just one shot at a time,” Swayman said. “I had the best seat in the house to watch the guys go to work, so that was fun.”
Pouring it: The B’s made sure they really secured the win against Chicago, scoring six goals, including four unanswered, after Chicago took a 2-0 Boston lead on a power play at the 10:37 mark of the second The first goal came from To David Pastor just 4:53 into the first period with the assists coming Patrice Bergeron i Charlie McAvoy. That moved Bergeron two away from his 1,000th career point.
The second goal came from Bergeron just 4:28 into the second period, giving the B’s a 2-0 lead and putting Bergeron within a short distance of his 1,000-point milestone. “I think it’s just that I’ve played with great players,” Bergeron said when asked about the accomplishments. “I guess I’ve been playing for a long time, too. … It’s been a fun ride and I’ve got to keep it going. For me, it’s really about continuing to grow as a team and get better.”
The next goal came from Jake DeBrusk on the power play, closely followed David Krejci. This was DeBrusk’s seventh goal of the season and Krejci’s fifth. The game was closed in the third with Pastrnak’s second goal with a big contribution Nick Foligno 11:12 in the last period. Pastrnak now has 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points. Taylor Hall scored his sixth goal of the season to close out the game.
A helping hand: McAvoy recorded an assist on four of the six goals. Only three blueliners in Bruins history have had more helpers in one game: Bobby Orr – 6 on January 1, 1973 and 5 on December 20, 1969; Glen Wesley – 5 on 16 October 1988; and Ray Bourque – 5 on 18 February 1990 and 2 January 1994.
“My legs feel good, my brain feels good, I try to move quickly and use my first reads and it’s definitely easy when you’re playing guys with that much skill,” McAvoy said. “Up and down the lineup we have a lot of really special players, so I just try to let my instincts take over and be in positions where I can help guys.”
The B’s look to stay hot as they head to Florida for a two-game road trip to face the Tampa Bay Lighting on Monday and the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.
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