Boston, MA– The longest unbeaten streak in the history of American professional sports comes from the NHL when the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers played 35 games without a loss and later went on to win the Stanley Cup that season. The reason the longest unbeaten streaks come from hockey is because teams can lose in overtime or in a shootout and not be credited with a loss, but rather an "overtime loss," which still nets that team a point in the standings. While it was incredibly unlikely that the Bruins could touch the Flyers' record, which no team has ever even come close to usurping, there was talk about it. And that's about as much as you can ask for when you're a hockey team in 2019.
We've been waiting all season for the Bruins to finally come together as we knew they could. Injuries were keeping them from their full potential, and even with their success, it still might be holding them back. If these Boston Bruins could rip off a 19-game unbeaten streak without their best player, David Pastrnak (thumb), and some other key role players during various times, including Jake DeBrusk (foot) and Kevan Miller (chest), then I am definitely excited to see what they're capable of at full strength.
The streak began with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets way back on January 29! That's truly incredible. The Bruins then played 19 games in which they never lost in regulation. They had four "losses" throughout this stretch and 15 outright victories, which was enough to propel them all the way to a 42-18-9 record with 93 points and complete control over second place in the Eastern Conference. It was an amazing stretch for the Bruins; there is no denying that.
The Bruins' loss last night to the Pittsburgh Penguins served as their first regulation loss since their January 19 game against the New York Rangers and their first loss by more than one goal since a 4-2 defeat on January 10 against the Washington Capitals. The Bruins enjoyed a two month stretch of dominance that has definitely cemented them as one of the league's best right now.
So many late game heroics were undone by the loss to the Penguins, where the Bruins' only goals came from David Krejci and John Moore. But the Bruins are back in action tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. With 13 games left in the regular season, Boston would certainly love another streak to carry them into the playoffs!