BOSTON – The Bruins made it to the Blackhawks with a 6-1 win at TD Garden on Saturday night, improving to 16-2-0 this season.
“They’re playing the game they love and they’re having a great time,” said coach Jim Montgomery.
Here are some notes and numbers from Boston’s big win over Chicago:
Records: With the B’s win Saturday night, they equaled the NHL record for most consecutive home wins and begin a season 11-0-0. They hold 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. “We wanted to focus on staying in the present. Focus on the next shift and I thought we did great tonight.”
A sweet return: To the Jeremy SwaymanKeeping the Boston fanbase happy is high on his to-do list. “We don’t want to lose in this arena,” said Swayman, who was returning from a lower body injury that sidelined him for about two weeks. “Boston fans are the best in the league so we want to make sure we win at home and don’t plan on retiring anytime soon.”
Swayman, starting against Detroit for the first time since Oct. 27, didn’t see much against the Blackhawks, conceding just one goal and seeing just 19 shots. “It’s always just a try,” Swayman said. “I had the best seat in the house to watch the boys work, so it was fun.”
Top up: The B’s secured the win against Chicago, scoring six goals, including four unanswered, after Chicago underlined Boston’s 2-0 lead with a power-play equalizer at 10:37 of game two. The first goal fell To David Pastr only 4:53 in the first period with the assists out Patrice Bergeron and Charlie McAvoy. That took Bergeron two away from his 1,000. career point.
The second goal came from Bergeron after just 4:28 of the second half, giving the B’s a 2-0 lead and leaving Bergeron just a point away from their 1,000 point milestone. “I think it’s because I’ve played with some great players,” Bergeron said when asked about the forthcoming performance. “I think I’ve been playing for a long time too… It’s been a fun journey and I need to continue that. For me, it’s really about continuing to grow and get better as a team.”
The next goal came from Jake DeBrusk on the power play, closely followed by David Krejci. This was DeBrusk’s seventh goal of the season and Krejci’s fifth. The game ended in the third with Pastrnak’s second goal coming from a great feed Nick Foligno 11:12 in the final third. Pastrnak now has 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points. Taylor Hall scored his sixth goal of the season at the end of the game.
A helping hand: McAvoy assisted four of the six goals. Only three blue liners in Bruins history have had more assists in a game: Bobby Orr – 6 on January 1, 1973 and 5 on December 20, 1969; Glen Wesley – 5 on October 16, 1988; and Ray Bourque – 5 on February 18, 1990 and January 2, 1994.
“My legs feel good, my brain feels good, I’m trying to move fast and capitalize on my first few reads, and it’s certainly easy when you’re playing with guys with that level of skill,” McAvoy said. “Up and down the lineup we have some really special players so I’m just trying to let my instincts lead and be in positions where I can help the lads.”
The B’s appear to be staying 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.