Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

Apr 11, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) reacts with center Patrice Bergeron (37) after scoring a goal during the second period against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins held off multiple rallies by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night for a 5-2 win at TD Garden. The victory moved the B’s (64-12-5) to 133 points on the season, which set a new NHL record that was previously held by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.

After a quiet first period for both teams, it was Brad Marchand who broke the scoreless tie nearly halfway through the second period. And Marchand really needed this one before the playoffs. Burying a one-timer off a heads-up pass from David Pastrnak during a power play, Marchand scored his first goal in 17 games to put the Bruins up 1-0.

  • Side note: It appears that the Bruins have figured their power play out. They made it 2-for-2 on the night after a Tom Wilson penalty led to a goal for Tyler Bertuzzi, his fourth as a Bruin.

    Bertuzzi had logged five assists in his previous two games, so this time he decided to put the puck in the net himself. He simply manned the net-front and finished off the rebound from a Pastrnak bomb to make it 2-0 Bruins.

  • The Capitals quickly got one back, as defenseman Nick Jensen scored just 1:07 later, as the Bruins’ PA man was still announcing the Bertuzzi goal.

    Jensen snapped one off from the slot, and it immediately deflected off the skate of Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, making it a very tough stop for goaltender Linus Ullmark. The quick answer goal made it 2-1.

  • Early in the third period, however, the Bruins got that one back for themselves. It came off the stick of Tomas Nosek, who was in the right place at the right time on an attempted Capitals clear. Nosek simply fired away and beat Caps goalie Charlie Lindgren to make it 3-1.

    The goal was Nosek’s 100th career point, which prompted him to pick the puck up out of the net for himself. His score would also prove to be the eventual game-winner.

  • Tom Wilson made it a one-goal game once again with a rebound goal on the doorstep during a Caps power play, not unlike Bertuzzi’s goal earlier in the game. But the Bruins were quick to once again go back up by two.

    This time, it was former Capital Garnet Hathaway getting one against his former team. He finished a nifty saucer pass from Nosek against Caps goalie Darcy Kuemper, who had come in to relieve Lindgren after he exited the game with an undisclosed injury.

  • Jake DeBrusk scored on the empty net late in the third period to make it 5-2, and that was all she wrote.

    Up Next: Just one more regular season game for the Bruins, in Montreal against the Canadiens. That comes Thursday night, with the B’s likely to sit as many regulars as possible. Then, it’s time to look toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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