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Apr 2, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) reacts after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports

A historic regular season for Jim Montgomery and the Bruins hit another milestone Sunday afternoon, as the Bruins captured their 60th win of the campaign behind a 4-3 shootout final over the Blues.

With the win, the Bruins became just the fourth team in NHL history to win at least 60 games in a season, joining the 1976-77 Canadiens (60 wins), 1995-96 Red Wings (62 wins), and 2018-19 Lightning (62 wins).

  • On the second leg of a back-to-back that kicked off with Saturday’s win in Pittsburgh, the Bruins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period of play in St. Louis when Jake DeBrusk and Trent Frederic finished off a great two-on-one chance on the Blues’ Jordan Binnington.

    The goal was originally credited to the St. Louis-born Frederic, but was later credited to DeBrusk, which was good for DeBrusk’s 25th goal of the season. That matches DeBrusk’s 2021-22 goal total, and puts him just two tallies away from matching his career-high of 27, which was set in 2018-19.

  • Up one through 20 minutes of action, the B’s looked set to turn this one into a blowout with second-period markers from Tyler Bertuzzi and Oskar Steen, the first of which came on the man advantage while Steen’s marker came just 44 seconds later.

    Bertuzzi’s goal, created off a great dish from David Pastrnak, continued what’s been a mini-heater for the B’s once-frigid power play, which now has goals on four of their last seven opportunities dating back to last Thursday’s victory over the Blue Jackets.

    Steen, meanwhile, became the 25th different skater to score a goal for the Bruins this season, and 26 if you include Linus Ullmark’s empty-net goal.

  • Apr 2, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Boston Bruins Oskar Steen (29) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports

    Apr 2, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Boston Bruins Oskar Steen (29) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at Enterprise Center. (Jeff Le/USA TODAY Sports)

  • But when Jordan Kyrou’s goal with just eight seconds remaining in the second period brought the Blues back within two through 40 minutes of action, the Blues did their best to ride a third-period wave.

    Ex-Bruin Torey Krug banged home a rebound at the halfway point of the third period, and though the Bruins survived an extended 5-on-3 that worked against them, a late-game icing from Brandon Carlo came back to the haunt the team by way of a game-tying Kyrou goal with the St. Louis net empty.

    Off to an overtime for the third time in their last five outings, the Bruins’ best chance came with a full-ice breakaway opportunity for Brad Marchand, but Binnington and it was off to the shootout, where Charlie Coyle opened things up with a goal while Ullmark turned away all three St. Louis shooters for the win.

  • Ullmark finished his night with a stellar 35-of-38 line in the Boston crease, while Frederic led all Boston skaters with two points. It was Frederic’s first multi-point game since Feb. 18.

    With this being the second leg of a back-to-back, the Bruins opted to sit both David Krejci and Charlie McAvoy. Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron sat out for the second straight contest.

    The Bruins will get a rare late-season extended break before returning to action Thursday night against the Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

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