4 things we learned in the NHL: Never count out the Bruins


Zdeno Chara hugs teammate Patrice Bergeron as Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy celebrate. (Mary Schwalm/AP)

The Boston Bruins earned a shocking win over the Florida Panthers, Aleksander Barkov joined the franchise record books and Connor McDavid continued to cement his status as a premier set up man.

Here are four things we learned in the NHL.

Bruins keep the streak alive

Just when you thought Boston’s win streak was in jeopardy, Matt Grzelcyk tied the game with less than 30 seconds left in regulation, before Patrice Bergeron completed the comeback to earn a stunning 4-3 win over the Panthers.

The Bruins pushed their point streak to 18 games, matching the second-longest mark in franchise history, accomplished last season.

That comeback by Boston marked the 10th time in NHL history a team has won in regulation after tying the game in the final minute. Bergeron also became the fifth Bruins’ player in the last 30 years to score a shorthanded goal in consecutive games.

What makes the Bruins’ streak more impressive is that they’ve been able to do it with leading scorer David Pastrnak out of the lineup. They were also without Jake DeBrusk who was scratched with a lower-body injury and newly-acquired forward Marcus Johansson missed his first game with a lung contusion.

Kane moves up the Blackhawks scoring list

Patrick Kane continues to lead the way for the Chicago Blackhawks this season and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see him move past Steve Larmer for fourth-most points in franchise history.

The 30-year-old put up two assists against the Buffalo Sabres to give him 40 goals and 96 points in 66 games, good for second place in scoring this season. Kane now only need four more points to record his first 100-point season since 2015-16.

In 888 career games, Kane has 352 goals, 572 assists and 924 points.

McDavid joins elite company with 60th assist

There aren’t many players capable of making plays in the NHL like McDavid. With two assists against the Vancouver Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers captain now has 60 helpers in three straight seasons.

The last Oilers player to accomplish that was Mark Messier when he did it from 1986-87 to 1989-90.

Since making his NHL debut, McDavid leads the NHL with 0.84 assists per game and is second in the league with 230 in 272 career games, trailing Blake Wheeler by one for top spot. The only other active player to collect 60 or more assists in three or more consecutive seasons is Joe Thornton.

At this rate, McDavid should not have a problem setting a new career high in assists when he had 70 during the 2016-17 season.

Barkov reaches rare milestone

With a goal and assist against the Bruins, Barkov became the third player in Panthers history to record consecutive seasons with 70 points.

The 23-year-old is only eight points shy of matching his career-high of 78 that he had in 79 games last season.

In 67 games this season, Barkov leads the Panthers in goals (29) and points (70) and is third on the team with 41 assists. He is also second in the NHL in time-on-ice behind McDavid (22:55), averaging 22:46 minutes per game.

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