‘Loved our effort’: NHL-best Bruins clinch division

BOSTON– Garnet Hathaway racked up the tiebreaking objective late in the 2nd duration and also the NHL-best Boston Bruins finished up starting point in the Atlantic Department with their 6th straight triumph, 2-1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

The win was the Bruins’ 56th and also relocates them one behind the club document embeded in 1970-71. It likewise maintains them on rate to establish the NHL document for success in a normal period with 10 video games left. The Detroit Red Wings won 62 in 1995-96 and also Tampa bay Bay matched the document in its last regular-season video game (at TD Yard in Boston) in 2018-19.

Patrice Bergeron included a power-play objective for the Bruins, and also Linus Ullmark made 26 conserves, elevating his document to 36-5-1.

With the playoffs imminent, the organization’s ideal group and also the group that has actually progressed to the previous 3 Stanley Mug Finals played an agitated video game with some very early fireworks.

Lightning winger Pat Maroon and also Hathaway needed to be divided prior to the opening puck decrease. Which ultimately really did not issue, as they dropped their handwear covers anyhow, simply 9 secs right into the video game. The scrum began when Tampa bay Bay facility Ross Colton, that obtained a dual small for roughing, pursued Boston facility Jakub Lauko.

” That’ll obtain you delighted for playoff hockey, yeah,” Bruins train Jim Montgomery stated as he strolled right into his postgame press conference.

Montgomery likewise kept in mind that he and also Tampa bay Bay train Jon Cooper traded glimpses from throughout the benches after the very early scrum.

” I checked out him prior to the video game began,” Montgomery stated. “I have a great deal of regard for him. He’s an excellent train. I desire I had his wit.”

Victor Hedman had a short-handed rating for the Lightning, and also Andrei Vasilevskiy quit 32 shots. Tampa bay Bay has actually shed 4 directly.

Hathaway, placed before the internet, batted the rebound of Matt Grzelcyk‘s fired from the left mention of the air and also right into the internet prior to Vasilevskiy might manage it with 2:28 left in the duration.

Ullmark quit Anthony Cirelli‘s backhander on a partial breakaway with around 7 mins left.

With Maroon in the charge box for unsportsmanlike conduct for something he did unemployed, Bergeron was attributed with his 27th objective when Brad Marchand‘s pass struck his skate prior to caroming right into the internet off Hedman’s skate 6:46 right into the opening duration.

Hedman defeated Ullmark with a put shot from the top of the left circle for his objective simply under 3 mins later on.

The Bruins exterminated a two-man power-play benefit midway right into the 2nd, holding the Lightning to round on objective. After that, Tampa bay had simply round prior to the 2nd charge ran out.

Boston played without onward A.J. Greer, that was offering a one-game suspension for cross-checking Montreal’s Mike Hoffman in the face in Thursday’s 4-2 triumph over the Canadiens. Greer might be back in the schedule when the Bruins handle the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday.

” I enjoyed our initiative,” Montgomery stated, including that a department title protected with 10 video games left in the normal period was “remarkable.”

The Associated Press added to this record.

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