The Boston Bruins clinched their fourth-ever Presidents’ Trophy on Thursday night thanks to none other than David Pastrnak.
Just 41 seconds into overtime, the winger scored his 53rd goal of the season in dramatic fashion, helping his group make history in the process. Boston matched the 1970-1971 Bruins for the most wins at 58 and sits just four back of the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings, who collected 62 victories. With seven games left in the campaign, there’s a very good chance Jim Montgomery’s squad could surpass that and put themselves above every great team of the past.
DAVID PASTRNAK CALLS GAME
THE BRUINS CLINCH THE PRESIDENTS TROPHY
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The Bruins are also now second all-time in Presidents’ Trophies behind only the Red Wings. Via Sportsnet Stats:
Most Presidents' Trophy wins in NHL history
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2022-23 has truly been an electrifying season for the Bruins. They’ve collected 121 points in 75 games and have a mind-boggling +118 goal differential. The nearest team is the Carolina Hurricanes at +48. That statistic alone just goes to show how amazing Boston is on both ends of the ice.
The Bruins rank 2nd in the NHL with 3.69 goals per game and allow just 2.11 per night, which is first in the league. Their attack boasts nine scorers in double figures, with Pastrnak the leading catalyst with 98 points overall. The likes of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Jake DeBrusk have all netted at least 20 times, too.
With Marchand and Bergeron not far off retirement, the upcoming playoffs are a prime opportunity for Beantown to lift their first Stanley Cup since 2011 when they beat the Vancouver Canucks. And if the Bruins continue to play at such a high level, it’s hard to imagine anyone stopping them from making those dreams into a reality.
Needless to say, the Presidents’ Trophy is hopefully just the start of the silverware to come for the Eastern Conference leaders.