Boston, MA– The Boston Bruins may have fallen to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the regular season finale by a score of 6-3, but the game was not without its celebratory moments as the team honored the 2018-19 Bruins, one of the better installments of the franchise in the past decade. That's the benefit of having your last game be at home; it sets the scene for reflection on the regular season before looking ahead to the post-season.
The Bruins first began the festivities by honoring their fans and designating the Saturday afternoon game as Fan Appreciation Day. The fans were treated to a number of Bruins awards and a recognition of certain milestones from the season. One that was marked was Brad Marchand's 100 point effort on the season as he was the first Bruin to achieve the feat since Joe Thornton in the 2002-03 season.
The game also marked the five hundredth career NHL game for Charlie Coyle, a center for the Bruins who was acquired by the team back in February in exchange for Ryan Donato and a fifth round draft pick. He may not have been in Boston for long, but it was fun that he got to celebrate the achievement with our team.
Goalie Tuukka Rask was also gifted a portrait of his action in the net as an honoring of his February 3 win, which allowed Rask to become the winningest goalie in Bruins history. Surpassing Cecil Thompson with 253 wins, it was a worthy moment for one of Boston's all-time great goalies.
Then, Boston gave out awards for their players of the year. The John P. Bucyk Award for the player with the best charitable contributions off the ice was awarded to Zdeno Chara. The Eddie Shore Award for hustle was given to Jake DeBrusk. The Elizabeth Dufresne Award for the best player in home games was bestowed upon Brad Marchand. Lastly, Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak were given the awards for being the three stars of the Bruins this season. It was an exceptional microcosm of the Bruins season and a well-deserved celebration of the team's best players.
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