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Boston Bruins Secure NHL Record For Single-Season Victories

Boston Bruins Secure NHL Record For Single-Season Victories

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The Boston Bruins have been the best team in NHL this season and just earned one of its coveted records. Beating Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night, they secured the league's record for most wins in a single season.

David Pastrnak led the charge with a hat trick, sending the hats down onto the ice and increasing his goal tally to 60 for the season and 300 in his career - becoming only the second player this season to reach that mark since 1995-96. With these goals, David Pastrnak joins Connor McDavid as the only two players to reach that milestone this season.

David Pastrnak’s Hat Trick

David Pastrnak scored a hat trick to help the Boston Bruins set an NHL record for single-season victories on Sunday, beating Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. With their 63rd victory, Boston snapped a tie with 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings and 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning for most victories in one season.

Boston's top winger this season, 26-year-old Czech sniper Marek Zimak, has scored 30 goals in six of his last seven seasons and amassed 109 points in 60 games - all career highs.

Pastrnak was sure to join the NHL's elite 60-goal club this Sunday when he scored his third hat trick of the season on a give-and-go play with Tyler Bertuzzi to give Boston an early 4-2 lead at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It marked Pastrnak's sixth goal overall this season and gave them their first lead since December 11th against Minnesota.

With just 2:04 left in the second period, Pastrnak scored his 58th and 300th goals of this season and NHL career on a shot that beat Felix Sandstrom five-hole. It marked Boston's first goal of the game and Pastrnak became only the second Bruins player in franchise history to score 60 goals.

After several minutes had elapsed due to a delay of game call, Pastrnak picked up where he left off with his second goal of the night for a 3-1 lead at 7:31. It was his third hat trick of the season and gives him 15 goals on the season.

Pastrnak's hat trick was the first by a Bruins player since Phil Esposito did it four times. With it, Pastrnak moved into a tie with Cam Neely for most hat tricks by an NHL player, just one behind Esposito's record of four.

The Bruins' sixth straight win and 131 points have helped them reach a season high. They are three wins away from breaking the single-season win record and can secure it with two road games against teams without much to play for in their remaining two games.

After Pastrnak scored his third hat trick of the season, the crowd erupted in excitement. He posed with the puck that he used for scoring in front of a whiteboard in the Bruins' locker room that read "63 WINS" written in blue marker.

Charlie Coyle’s Goal

Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle scored a goal in his first game as a Bruin, helping the Bruins set an NHL record for single-season victories. David Pastrnak also recorded a hat trick to help the Bruins defeat Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 and break a tie with 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings and 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning as they moved up to fifth overall with 63 victories.

At 47 seconds in the first period, Coyle opened the scoring by receiving a pass from Tyler Bertuzzi in the slot and sending a one-timer past Philadelphia's Wade Allison. It marked his 15th goal of career and first point since being acquired from Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

The Bruins are now one point behind the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens for first place in the NHL with 131 points, needing two more from their final two games to take over the top spot. With home ice advantage throughout the playoffs, Boston appears primed to make a deep run.

In the upcoming playoffs, Boston Bruins fans can expect Coyle, Trent Frederic and Pavel Zacha all playing center roles with Patrice Bergeron at power play unit. Head coach Claude Julien has stated that these players will try to remain on the top line.

Coyle has benefitted from this move, as he's averaging more than one minute of faceoffs in the offensive zone when Patrice Bergeron is on a shift. That has made it easier for the rest of the team to get on track; currently, Boston leads in goals scored when Bergeron takes off from a shift.

Coyle has made a marked improvement from last season, when he averaged less than one minute of offensive zone faceoffs and just 58% of total ice time. This season, however, Coyle is back up to 100% of his previous ice time total (58.8%).

If Coyle maintains his current form, he has an excellent chance to make the top unit and will be an important element in Boston's success. The Bruins need him to have a big game in the final few games of the regular season as they strive for their first Stanley Cup championship since 2011.

Pavel Zacha’s Goal

When the Boston Bruins appeared to be closing in on an NHL record for single-season victories, there was no doubt it would mean a lot to their team. After clinching the Presidents' Trophy, they now have an opportunity to equal Detroit's 1995-96 squad and Tampa Bay Lightning's 62 wins and become the first team in NHL history to do so.

Pavel Zacha gave everything he had to help the Boston Bruins reach that milestone against his former team, using speed and vision to score twice in five minutes of Saturday night's 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. With those skills on display, Zacha helped ensure that goal was scored with ease.

His first goal was a straightforward one-timer off Hampus Lindholm's pass that deflected into the net, but his second came on an impressive transition play. Tyler Bertuzzi caught Zacha off the rush and set him up for an open one-timer off of the end boards that gave him a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

The goal was the Bruins' first of the night and they appeared on track for a much-needed victory. Linus Ullmark stopped three quick Devils chances early in the second period, including Jack Hughes' breakaway attempt and Yegor Sharangovich's rebound attempt.

After the game, coach Jim Montgomery noted that setting an NHL record for single-season victories was an important milestone for his team. It showed they aren't content to sit on their laurels and are striving to do whatever it takes to secure the Stanley Cup.

He noted that it was an example of the Bruins' teamwork this season and how they prioritize playing for each other. Montgomery commented on how important selflessness was in helping secure the win for Boston, noting how selfless their approach had been throughout the campaign.

In addition to setting a record for single-season wins, the Boston Bruins also managed to lock up unrestricted free agent Pavel Zacha. The 25-year-old Czech forward has been an integral part of their surge this season, scoring 20 goals and adding 10 points in 16 games since the All-Star break. Additionally, Zacha has been an important cog on David Krejci and David Pastrnak's top line this year; thus GM Don Sweeney didn't hesitate in inking up this 25-year-old with a contract extension that will run through next summer.

Jeremy Swayman’s 34 Saves

Boston Bruins have set an NHL record with their 5-2 victory over Philadelphia Flyers, led by David Pastrnak's hat trick that gave him 60 goals for the first time in his career. Jeremy Swayman made 34 saves to secure victory for Boston, who earned it thanks to David Pastrnak's stellar play on defense.

Swayman, 24, has been an impressive goalie this season. He's had an impressive second half and has quickly established himself as the team's number-one goalie. Since mid-December he's been among the top 10 in goalie starts and boasts four shutouts to his name.

If Swayman can maintain his performance this season, he could become the starting goalie for the Boston Bruins in 2022. With Linus Ullmark still under contract for this season, Boston would have a great foundation with Swayman and Ullmark sharing time as their starters during postseason play.

At the start of the offseason, Boston Bruins fans have an exciting opportunity to add a goalie. Swayman, under team control as a restricted free agent this summer, can either sign a long-term deal or trade him before NHL's deadline.

Boston Bruins have pulled seven points ahead of Carolina Hurricanes for the league lead and are one point away from matching Montreal Canadiens' all-time record of 131 points. Furthermore, they're averaging 3.63 goals per game this season - good enough for third in NHL.

On Sunday, the Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to six games and have now won 22 out of their last 32 contests. All those wins were earned thanks to Jeremy Swayman's stellar play; he will make his 32nd start of the season against Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Swayman has been an incredible success this season, posting back-to-back shutouts. At 18-6 with a 2.20 goals-against average and.920 save percentage, Swayman has proven to be an invaluable asset for the Bruins. His numbers are solid too, showing off his consistency which sets him apart from other young goalies who may not be performing up to their full potential this year.

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