The Bruins gained their sixty fifth hockey recreation on Thursday and finally stumbled on who their first-round playoff opponent could be.
And, oh, B’s followers obtained one different little scare, though the B’s did their best to tamp down any panic after a 5-4 win in Montreal.
By benefit of their loss to the Hurricanes, the Florida Panthers will face the Bruins inside the opening spherical that will start on the Backyard, presumably on Monday. The Cats private the excellence of being definitely certainly one of two teams to beat the B’s twice this 12 months with every wins coming down in Dawn. The B’s gained every video video games in Boston.
In the meantime, captain Patrice Bergeron – in all probability having fun with his last recreation in his residence province – left the game after the first interval and 5:36 of ice time for what was membership termed as “precautionary” causes with an increased physique injury. Perhaps so, nonetheless that’s not exactly what Bruins’ followers had been hoping to see inside the last recreation of the season. Add the captain to the guidelines that options Linus Ullmark and David Krejci of important players nursing accidents that they hope gained’t protect them from having fun with Recreation 1 on Monday.
Coach Jim Montgomery instructed reporters in Montreal that the captain wanted to return inside the recreation nonetheless the coach exercised his veto vitality.
“(No.) 37’s fantastic,” said Montgomery, who didn’t know when the injury occurred. “He needed to return out. I stated no.”
Figuring out the grueling road that lays ahead, Montgomery took one last peek once more on all this workers accomplished this 12 months. The best penalty kill inside the league. The file for residence wins (34). Tying the file for road wins (31). Two defensemen (Hampus Lindholm and Charlie McAvoy) over 50 elements. Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman (with a one-game cameo by Keith Kinkaid) worthwhile the Jennings Trophy. The elements file at 135 and wins mark at 65. The guidelines could go on.
“There’s quite a few statistics and metrics which you can have a look at that make this season particular,” said Montgomery. “However for me, it’s how a lot these guys care about enjoying for one another. That’s what makes it particular.”
For the first time all 12 months, the Bruins spent stretches of the game wanting like they didn’t care whether or not or not they gained or misplaced. They gained anyway, scoring twice inside the third interval to take the glorified recreation of shinny over the Montreal Canadiens on the Bell Centre. As in depth open a recreation as a result of it was, it was in line with the we’ll-beat-you-in-any-kind-of-game mantra the B’s have espoused all season.
“It was somewhat bit totally different sport. It was the 82nd sport of the yr, so it was somewhat loosey-goosey to be trustworthy, however glad we obtained the ‘dub,” said David Pastrnak, whose 61st goal was his league-leading thirteenth game-winner. “Truthfully, for our group it’s been a protracted season and we work onerous, so I assume it’s understnadable there was somewhat little bit of looseness in right now’s sport. However now it’s over and the enjoyable begins subsequent week.”
After recognizing the Canadiens the first goal – a tally from UMass Lowell product Lucas Condotta on his first NHL shift – the B’s bounced once more with a pair of targets from Trent Frederic (No. 17) and Jake DeBrusk, who matched his career-high collectively together with his twenty seventh goal no matter missing a month with a broken bone in his leg that he suffered inside the Winter Basic.
The B’s found themselves down by a goal inside the second interval after Nick Suzuki tipped residence a protracted shot in a 4-on-4 and a foul willpower by Jeremy Swayman led to the Habs’ go-ahead goal. With Rem Pitlick coming out of the penalty area, a puck bounced over Pastrnak on the right stage and skittered proper right down to the Boston end. Swayman skated out to get it on the left boards, nonetheless Pitlick merely beat him to it. With a big open web, Pitlick dished it to Michael Pezzetta for the gimme.
When the B’s decided to play, they dominated the Habs, like they did on a shift later inside the interval. On the prime of it, Dmitry Orlov took it deep and in some way slipped a shot over goalie Sam Montembeault’s shoulder and beneath the bar to tie it with a great shot.
However the sloppiness continued inside the third for the B’s. On an affect play (0-for-5, along with a full two-minute 5-on-3), they meandered once more into their very personal zone as a result of the Habs buzzed spherical sooner than Justin Barron blasted a unfastened puck earlier Swayman.
Ho hum. Charlie Coyle tied it as soon as extra with a 11:12 remaining inside the third, roofing a nifty shot over Montembeault. Simply 2:12 after the Coyle goal, Pastrnak scored his 61st on a tap-in. It held up as the game winner.
Now the game’s are for precise as soon as extra.
“It was a terrific common season,” said Montgomery. “However now the true enjoyable begins, the place day-after-day issues. It’s simply an thrilling time of yr. NHL playoff hockey. We’re excited to be part of it.”