Boston, MA– After a roller coaster first half of the NHL season and an impressive second half, the 2018-19 regular season has finally come to an end for the Boston Bruins. Following 81 games of thrilling on-ice action, the Bruins ended the season at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston has been chasing Tampa Bay all season long, as the latter has put together one of the most dominant seasons in NHL history. So it shouldn't come as a surprise then that the Lightning put together a come from behind victory to defeat the Bruins by a score of 6-3.
With that victory, Tampa Bay completed one of the most incredible regular seasons in the history of hockey with their sixty-second outright victory. The achievement against the Bruins came just in time for the Lightning to tie the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most wins ever in an NHL regular season. So it's safe to say that Boston has their work cut out for them in the playoffs.
The Bruins did manage to jump out to an early lead, though, as David Krejci and Danton Heinen scored the first two goals of the game in the first period. But eventually, the Bruins defense caved and Tuukka Rask relented, allowing five goals and saving just 16 shots. The Lightning scored four unanswered goals before Matt Grzelcyk stopped the bleeding to bring Boston within one goal. Tampa Bay trounced them at the end of regulation, though, to bring the score to 6-3.
It was a disappointing way to end the season, but the Lightning have undoubtedly been a juggernaut like no other that the Bruins have faced in the past 20 years. Still, Boston would've liked to achieve an even 50 wins, but a 49-24-9 record is still noteworthy. They finished second place in the Atlantic Division and had the second best record in the Eastern Conference overall. They also had the NHL's third best overall record.
Now, the Bruins are one of the 16 remaining teams in the NHL post-season, and their first round matchup will see them take on their divisional foes, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The first game is this Thursday, on April 11. Let's go Bruins!