On Tuesday night, the Boston Bruins triumphed once more, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. In doing so, they improved to an NHL-best home record of 13-0 in front of the Boston crowd. They have the best overall record in the NHL (19-3). They broke the franchise record for most victories before December with their 19th victory.
Just over a minute into the game, veteran left-winger Taylor Hall scored the game’s first goal. Before Hall gave the Bruins the lead back in the third, Steven Stamkos had knotted the score in the second period. His seventh and eighth goals of the year came at those points. Brad Marchand, a legendary member of the Boston Bruins, scored the game’s final goal into an empty net to delight the crowd.
The Bruins recently had the most points ever for a team in that spot, with 107, despite finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference. Due to their early-season pace, which is close to NHL records, they are on track for considerably more than that.
With 88 goals this season, the Bruins and Dallas Stars are tied for first place in the league. They also have the fewest goals allowed in the NHL, at only 48. Only the New Jersey Devils have a goal difference this year that even comes close to theirs.
After the previous campaign, it was thought that Patrice Bergeron, 37, would call it a career. He made the decision to return to Boston for one more run. So far, it seems like that choice was wise. The league’s most reliable team this century has been the Boston Bruins. They have been in the postseason in 16 of the previous 20 seasons, winning one championship and making three Stanley Cup Finals appearances.