The Boston Bruins had quite the 2018-19 regular season. They finished second in the Atlantic Division with 107 points and a record of 49-24-9. Their point total would’ve been good for first place in any other division. The only problem was the Tampa Bay Lightning amassed 128 points through the regular season.
When the Lightning were swept in the first round, the Bruins’ impressive regular season resume earned them home-ice advantage through the rest of the postseason.
Right now is a great time to look back at the Top 10 2018-19 regular season moments with training camp right around the corner.
1. Bergeron scoring with seconds remaining to win against Florida to win 4-3
On March 7, the Bruins came back from an early 2-0 game to steal the win from underneath the bellies of the Florida Panthers in the final 37 seconds, scoring two goals to win 4-3. Boston pulled Tuukka Rask in the final minute for Matt Grzelcyk to tie the game, and with 6.7 seconds to go Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winner, allowing the Bruins to extend their point streak to 18 games.
2. Winter Classic Kura-Leap
Sean Kuraly has a way with CLUTCH GOALS as the Bruins TAKE THE LEAD!
— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) January 1, 2019
The whole day of the Winter Classic was full of memorable moments, including the Peaky Blinders wardrobe that helped the team meld into a tight-knit group, but it would be unfair for this list to be more memories of one game. The Kura-Leap covers it all; Sean Kuraly scored the game-winning goal at 10:20 in the third period to make the game 3-2. Then came his famous leap.
3. Marchand doing the McGregor
Brad Marchand gets the game winner for the #NHLBruins and cellys like McGregor
— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) March 17, 2019
The Bruins hosted Irish Heritage Night on March 16 and invited legendary Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor to drop the ceremonial puck before the game. The B’s went on to win a thrilling overtime game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, with Brad Marchand scoring the winning goal 3:30 in OT and doing the signature McGregor strut to celebrate.
4. 19-Game Point Streak
While it isn’t narrowed down to one specific moment, the Bruins’ longest point streak since 1941 was an electrifying time for the team as they steadily moved up in the standings to claim a threatening reputation in the Eastern Conference. The team went 19 games straight claiming at least one point in every match, which spanned from Jan. 29 — the first Bruins game after the All-Star Break — to March 10, when it came to an end following a regulation loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
5. West Coast Sweep
Part of that point-streak happened in February, when the Bruins did their road trip out west to face some of the Pacific Division — a road trip that is generally not too fruitful in points, coupled with jetlag and some dominant teams. The Bruins faced three teams in four days, playing Anaheim and Los Angeles on back-to-back days, then went beyond 60 minutes for the three games after that against San Jose, Las Vegas, and St. Louis — all heavy contenders for the Cup later in the year — to earn a near-sweep of the west coast and at least one point every game.
6. Bruins Preseason Opener in China
The Bruins officially began their 2018 season thousands of miles away, in China, with the preseason opener, playing against the Calgary Flames. The exhibition game was played in Shenzen, China, and was one of two preseason games in China for the Bruins in 2018. The game went to a shootout with both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scoring to win it 4-3.
7. Kuraly’s “Fishbowl” OT Winner
The last game of the 2018 year for the Bruins was another exciting comeback that was won in OT — this time by Sean Kuraly with a full “fishbowl” shield on his face. Boston faced the Buffalo Sabres before their New Year’s Day match-up in Chicago, and was losing 2-1 until Jake DeBrusk tied the game up with 2:20 left in the third to force overtime. In the extra frame, the Bruins had to kill off a man-advantage after David Krejci was whistled for interference in the first minute, but had the last laugh when Kuraly turned on the speed to fly through the neutral zone and clean up his own rebound past Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton.
8. Bergeron’s 1000th game
— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) February 9, 2019
Patrice Bergeron played his 1000th game this season on Feb. 9, becoming only the fifth player in team history to hit 1000 with the club. Before the game, which was against the Los Angeles Kings, Bergeron was honored by Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk with a commemorative glass dish on behalf of the league, and among other gifts from his own team, was given a photo of himself hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2011, comprised of 1000 smaller images. And of course he scored the game-winner in OT.
9. Rask becomes the winningest Bruins netminder
Tuukka Rask became the winningest goaltender in Bruins history this season, surpassing Cecil “Tiny” Thompson with his 253rd win. The winning game was on Feb. 3, where Rask faced down the Washington Capitals and was foolproof in his 43rd career shutout. At the end of the season, Rask was honored during a pre-game ceremony before the final home game of the season, and was given a commemorative oil painting for his achievement. Rask finished the season with 265 wins.
10. Home Opener Hat Trick
Though it feels so long ago, the season started off terribly when the B’s were trounced by the Washington Capitals in D.C. To follow up, the Bruins played the Ottawa Senators in the home opener for the 2018-19 season, and even though the Senators ended up having a fairly hideous season, the Bruins dominated the divisional opponent and welcomed the Garden faithful back for another season with an animated game that featured a Patrice Bergeron hat trick.