The Boston Bruins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-1 on Thursday night, becoming the fastest team in NHL history to score 100 points in a season.
David Pastrnak and Dmitry Orlov emerged as standout players on the night, both scoring a goal and delivering two assists each, while Jakub Lauko scored twice. Jeremy Swayman proved to be the Bruins’ savior in front of the net, stopping 26 shots.
Following Thursday night’s victory, the Bruins have now gone 48-8-5 in 61 games. This record beats that of the Montreal team that reached 100 points in 62 games in 1976-77; an era where there were no extra points for an overtime or shootout victory.
Breaking Montreal’s record was not the only talking point in what was an eventful day for the Bruins. The team signed Tyler Bertuzzi from Detroit while Pastrnak agreed to an eight-year, $90 million contract extension.
“Probably took a little longer than we hoped for, but we finally got across the finish line,” Bruins president Cam Neely commented. “We’re thrilled to have him for another eight years.”