3 takeaways from the Bruins’ 6-1 win over the Blackhawks

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3 takeaways from the Bruins' 6-1 win over the Blackhawks
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The Bruins extended their record to 16-2-0, continuing a record streak dating back to their inaugural season.

Boston Bruins left winger Brad Marchand (63) drives the puck past Chicago Blackhawks left winger Jujhar Khaira (16) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, November 19, 2022 , in Boston. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

The Boston Bruins made history with their 6-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

There is even more history on the horizon.

The Bruins tied the 2021-22 Florida Panthers and 1963-64 Blackhawks for the longest home winning streak to start a season with their 11th consecutive triumph on TD Garden ice. They extended their record to 16-2-0, continuing a record streak dating back to their inaugural season in 1924-25.

David Pastrnak kicked off with his 250th career goal to give the Bruins a 1-0 first-period lead on a power play.

Patrice Bergeron, who contributed to Pastrnak’s scoring tally, added his own marker for his 999th career NHL point. His ninth goal of the season gave the Bruins a 2-0 cushion at 4:28 of the second quarter.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews cut the lead to 2-1 on the power play at 10:37 of the second. Frankly, the Bruins never felt threatened against a lottery-bound Chicago squad, beating the Blackhawks 43-18 in Jeremy Swayman’s first appearance since Nov. 1.

Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci quickly extended Boston’s lead to 4-1 late in the second period with their respective point-and-shot offers just 1:08 apart.

Pastrnak added his second of the night and 11th of the season on Nick Foligno’s pass halfway through the final quarter. Taylor Hall capped the rout with his sixth goal of the year on a direct shot from the point.

“Every defender has been involved and every forward has been involved,” head coach Jim Montgomery said. “I thought it was really good to see Swayman play so well.”

Here’s what we learned from Boston’s sixth straight triumph.

Bergeron is one point away from 1,000

For nearly two decades, the Boston captain has provided dazzling moments for a passionate fan base. They are now one point away from seeing Bergeron take another step.

Bergeron is at 999 career NHL points after scoring a goal and an assist against the Blackhawks. Same with the course, the humble Bergeron credited his plethora of teammates, past and present, for getting him to this point.

“I played with great players. I played for a long time too. said Bergeron. “Obviously it’s been a fun journey and I want it to continue.”

With Saturday’s game well in hand, Bergeron’s teammates continued to look in his direction to achieve this milestone. He came close to accomplishing that feat a few times as the Bruins came close to their 11th straight home win to start the year.

They will have to wait at least one more night. Rest assured, Brad Marchand will continue to feed Bergeron even after catching an accidental stick from his longtime teammate in the third period.

“I don’t know. I might watch it off in the next game,” a nicked Marchand joked.

“We are well aware of what is coming. We were looking for him at the end of the match there. We all want to see him take that step. It will happen at some point. We are looking forward to this.

Swayman had a light but active comeback

The trend of early injury returns continued on Saturday with Swayman’s first start since late October.

The journey may have seemed long. Still, Swayman avoided the worst-case scenario following a friendly collision with Bergeron in Boston’s triumphant OT victory in Pittsburgh on Nov. 1.

With the help of the coaching staff, Swayman returned to the crease after watching Linus Ullmark carry a heavy workload in his absence without Keith Kinkaid’s appearance in Buffalo last Saturday.

“It’s been two long weeks…working everyday for a common goal, and that was getting back on the ice for a game,” Swayman said. “Getting that home win was special, so I’m really happy to be back.”

Swayman came into action on Saturday, facing very few quality shots against the Blackhawks. Along with dealing with a small handful of showers, the Bruins kept the Swayman crease clean en route to a well-rounded blowout against their Original Six counterparts.

“I wanted to make sure I was ready for a shot, a Grade-A [scoring chance] or a breakaway if there was one,” Swayman said of his 17-stop outing. “I had the best seat in the house, so it was a really fun game to participate in.”

As tough times approach, the Bruins are enjoying every minute of this run.

Montgomery’s club have encountered their share of tests in the first 18 games. Some teams, like the Wild, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Penguins, provided strong resistance. Others, like the Blackhawks, Canucks and Blue Jackets, barely challenged the Bruins.

Through it all, the Bruins found various ways to win en route to their best 18-game start since their first Stanley Cup-winning season in 1929-30.

“I think we are all incredibly lucky to be able to play games for a living. Yeah, we’re pros, but we’re having a lot of fun,” Charlie McAvoy said after his four-pass outing on Saturday. “You can see how close everyone is in this room, how everyone plays for each other.”

The camaraderie inside the Boston locker room remains unparalleled. This tight bond suits them well for any test they face, including their next gauntlet of quality opponents.

The Bruins will begin their toughest seven-game streak of the season starting Monday against the Lightning. Another clash with the Bolts, as well as a pair of tilts against defending champion Avalanche, Bruce Cassidy’s Golden Knights, high-octane Panthers and a rematch against the Hurricanes from the first round game of the year are waiting for you.

There’s no doubt the Bruins will enter these contests with great confidence. They’ll need that, along with their scoring depth, timely goalkeeping and solid defensive approach to continue on the tough road ahead.

“It’s a special team,” said Bergeron. “We have a lot of depth, and I think it shows. Everyone contributes, everyone is valued and I think everyone has confidence… I think that’s the most important thing.

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