Here’s a recap of the notable Bruins milestones from the playoff-clinching victory.
–The Bruins will soon make their 72nd appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Only the Montreal Canadiens (83) have made more appearances.
–The Bruins will be the third team in NHL history to play in 100 best-of-7 playoff series.
–Boston improved its record to 46-20-9 for 101 points. It represents the Bruins’ 23rd 100-point season in history, extending their own league record. The next closest teams are the Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers with 19 100-point seasons.
–The Bruins almost certainly will play the Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens in Round 1. If that happens, it will be the seventh time in their last 10 playoff appearances that the Bruins have faced a Canadian team in the first round. Boston is 4-2 in the previous six matchups. There’s about a 98% chance the Bruins will play the Leafs in Round 1 for the second consecutive year.
The Bruins cannot catch the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division, so their next goal is clinching home ice advantage in Round 1.
This is a very important objective for the B’s given their success at TD Garden this season — Boston owns a 28-7-3 home record. Home ice also proved to be a huge factor in the B’s beating the Leafs in their 2013 and 2018 first-round playoff series, both of which ended with a Game 7 victory in Boston.
So, while the Bruins’ first major objective of the regular season has been accomplished, there’s still work to be done over the final seven games.
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Source: Yahoo Sports