Bruins Clinch Playoff Berth after Extension of Chara
Boston, Massachusetts - At 46-20-9 and with 101 points on the season, the Boston Bruins have clinched a playoff berth for the 2018-19 season with seven games remaining in the regular season! The clinching moment comes after the Bruins stopped their losing skid with an incredible four game winning streak that witnessed an offensive explosion of nineteen goals over the stretch to the opponents' five.
After the 5-0 shutout of the New York Islanders, the Bruins traveled to the nearby New Jersey Devils where they had another victory with this one coming by a score of 5-1. Tuukka Rask recorded twenty-one saves during the game and provided a stellar scorekeeping backdrop to the Bruins' elite offense. Patrice Bergeron got the scoring going in the first period and David Pastrnak added to this lead in the second period with his first goal since being healthy and his thirty-second overall. The Bruins buried the Devils in the third period with an onslaught of three goals from Danton Heinen, Bergeron again, and David Backes.
The Bruins then continued their road trip by visiting the Florida Panthers where they had a five-goal second period to slaughter the Panthers by an outrageous score of 7-3. With Jaroslav Halak in goal to save thirty-one shots, the Bruins clinched a spot in the post-season on the heels of goals from Noel Acciari, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Karson Kuhlman, Steven Kampfer (on a power play), Pastrnak, and Bergeron. It was an impressive team effort with scoring coming from stars and unlikely sources alike. Boston is back in action tomorrow as they continue their road trip against the Tampa Bay Lighting.
The 7-3 domination came after the Bruins signed long-time Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara to a one year contract extension worth two million dollars and 1.75 million dollars in incentives. Chara is forty-two years old and is playing in his twenty-first season. He's been one of Boston's best players this year, which is nothing unusual for Chara, but it is nice to know he'll be sticking around in Boston for a little while longer.