With only one month left until the NHL Playoffs start, the Boston Bruins have been heating up just in time to fight for a good seed. The team stands at 42-20-5 and sit at the 6th seed for now in a tight race for the Eastern Conference.
The last two weeks have shown the highs and some of the lows this team is capable of. Last night's 8-1 thrashing of the New Jersey Devils was certainly a high for the season. The Bruins got two goals form Marchand, adding more from Patrice Bergeron, Taylor Hall and Jake DeBrusk amongst others.
The best goal of the night came from the most unlikely place. Marc McLaughlin has lived in Boston his whole life, including going to BC for college and exceling in the Bruins farm system. In his pro debut last night McLaughlin would score the seventh Bruins goal with 7:56 left in the second period. The Bruins were already up big, but the team's eagerness and aggressiveness to get this young man his milestone was too strong to contain. Taylor Hall would score four minutes later and both teams would ease up in the third leaving the TD Garden crowd happy with an 8-1 victory.
The Bruins lost to the Maple Leafs two days earlier, erasing a 6-1 deficit to 6-4 but still falling short to the East's number three seed. Before this loss however the Bruins were 7-1 in their last eight games and 14-3 in their last seventeen. Since mid-February the Bruins have been white hot with Pastrnak and Marchand scoring like there's not tomorrow. With Marchand's two last night and Pastrnak's three assists, the duo stands at 68 and 71 points respectively, with Pastrnak's thirty-eight goals being tied for the sixth most in the league.
The Playoffs don't start until May 2nd; just over a month away and the Bruins still have fifteen games left to play including a very tough 8-game skid to end the season, featuring matchups against the Penguins twice, Rangers and Panthers. Most of these games are at home however, giving the Bruins a very solid chance to move up a seed or two before the "real season" starts in May.
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