BOSTON (AP). Brad Marchand, Tyler Bertuzzi and the Boston Bruins set a new NHL record for points with a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals in the regular-season finale at home on Tuesday.
We want the Cup! The Bruins won their seventh consecutive game to bring their total points to 133. This is one more than 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens of 1976-77 played in a time without shootouts and overtime.
The Bruins broke this mark just one game after they set the NHL record for victories with 63 in Sunday's match at Philadelphia. They now have a new record that breaks the tie between the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings, and the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning.
On Tuesday, Boston won its No. 64.
David Pastrnak's 50th and his 51st assist came just a night after he reached 60 goals for the season. Linus Ullmark made 19 saves and left the game just nine minutes later with an unknown issue. Marchand and Patrice Bereron also added assists.
The Bruins will be able to enjoy home-ice throughout the entire playoff period in their pursuit of their first Stanley Cup since 2011.
Capitals' Nick Jensen scored and Tom Wilson also did. Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves including one gloveless, one-handed save on Pastrnak in the early third period.
Wilson reduced a two goal deficit to 3-2 before Nosek spotted Hathaway slicing towards the net and scored his 13th.
After Matt Irwin had been called for a crossing-check against Taylor Hall, the Bruins received their first power play in the second period.
Marchand scored his 21st of the season less than a minute after Boston took the lead. David Pastrnak received a pass from Patrice Bergeron and immediately moved defenders to the center of the ice. He then flipped the puck to the bottom of the faceoff circle on the right. His first goal since March 9, when he last scored against Edmonton, was also his first in 17 games.
Boston went on the powerplay again after Tom Wilson's roughing of Charlie McAvoy was called with less than seven minutes left in the period.
Bertuzzi, who was in a perfect position to rebound Pastrnak's shot and score his eighth goal for the season, made it 2-0.
Jensen cut the margin by a goal when his wristshot appeared to clip McAvoy, and trickle past Ullmark. It was Jensen's 5th goal of the season.
Notes: This was only Boston's second power play goal in a single game this season. The team also scored two goals in a 7-3 victory over Florida on December 19. Washington's Jensen now has a career high five goals. Henrik Borgstrom, recalled Tuesday from the AHL Hershey Bears and the Capitals for the first time in 14 years, became the first Finnish player dressed by the Capitals. Last time it happened was in Oskar Osala’s final game with the team, on March 27, 2009