The team that always plays to win

The team that always plays to win

If the Bruins maintain their frenetic pace, they will end the season with a record 139 points. You say they’re going to break somewhere? Possible. Perhaps. But remember we’re talking about the same team that was said would not have had an easy start to the season without Charlie McAvoy in their ranks.

The star defender missed his team’s first 13 games with an injury dating back to last season.

And how did the Bruins fare during this phase?

They held a record of 11 wins against just two losses.

only that !

respect !

If the Bruins improve on the all-time mark in terms of points accumulated in the standings, it will turn out that the years 1975-1976 through 1977-1978, when the Canadians had 127-, 129-, and 132-point seasons, didn’t have overtime.

Nowadays wins won in draws are added to those in regular time.

But let’s not say that every comparison is despicable.

Whether you love or hate the Bruins, they deserve our respect.

This is an organization that was last included in the top 10 in 2011.

The Bruins selected Dougie Hamilton ninth overall. After three seasons in Boston, the defenseman moved to the Calgary Flames. Three years later, he joined the Carolina Hurricanes, for whom he also played three seasons before joining the New Jersey Devils as a free agent two years ago.

Two big catches

However, in 2014 and 2016, the Bruins drafted two players who rose to stardom in the National League.

As unbelievable as it may seem today, they caught David Pastrnak in 2014 in 25th place and 2016 McAvoy in 14th place.

That’s called having a nose.

The Bruins aren’t perfect either. You’ve done bad things.

In 2015, they picked Jakub Zboril for 13th, Jake DeBrusk for 14th, and Zachary Zenyshyn for 15th. DeBrusk is the only member of the trio to land a spot in Boston.

Since the year they called up Hamilton, the Bruins have set the NHL’s best regular season record. Their record of 522 wins, 256 losses and 98 tiebreak losses gives them a 0.652 point average.

Want to know where Canadians stand? Ranked 22nd with an average of .530.

Well, the Bruins have only reached the Stanley Cup Finals twice in that eleventh season; They were unlucky to lose every time, the first time in 2013 against the Chicago Blackhawks and the second time in 2019 against the Saint Louis Blues.

They missed the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 despite harvests of 96 and 93, respectively, which would result in Claude Julien’s sacking in 2017.

107 points? Not enough !

Under Bruce Cassidy, the Bruins had four 100-plus seasons; They fired him last year after a 107-point campaign.

Reason: Aside from a Finals appearance in 2019, the Bruins had never made it past the second round of the playoffs in Cassidy’s other five seasons as head coach.

His dismissal raised many questions in Boston. General manager Don Sweeney said Cassidy’s direct approach and openness have weighed on players for years.

Nobody talks about Cassidy anymore. Under the tutelage of Jim Montgomery, the Bruins work wonders.

On a mission for Bergeron?

In order to see her go, the Boston team appears to be on a mission.

His captain Patrice Bergeron, who spoke of retiring after last season, could be on his last mile in the National League. And if there’s one player his teammates would love to win for, it’s him.

That said, there’s still plenty of hockey to play and it’s not a record-breaking season that would guarantee the Bruins the Stanley Cup.

History says that of the 11 teams that have had 120-point seasons, only one has won top honors.

You guessed it’s 1970’s Canadian.

Will we see that again in Montreal one day?

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