BOSTON – The Boston Bruins set the NHL record for most home wins to start a season with their 12th straight, surpassing the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday with a David Pastrnak power play goal.
The Bruins broke the mark of 11 set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and matched last season by the Florida Panthers.
“That felt great,” said first-year Bruins coach Jim Montgomery. “We talked about it after the second [period] go to the third. There have been a lot of great teams in this league and you are able to set a precedent, break a record. It’s pretty special, and it won’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves as much as they do.”
Boston, trailing 2–0 late in the second period, tied the score at 9:33 in regulation when David Krejci scored his second goal of the game on a shot from the right point.
“It’s never fun to be down when you go into third; you’re sitting here [in the locker room] I’m trying to figure it out,’ Krejci said. “You want to come out and get the job done, something special is at stake. It’s hard to win in this competition. Getting 12 in a row at home is quite special.”
In overtime, Carolina played with few hands after being called up to too many men on the ice when Pastrnak made a one-time pass from Brad Marchand inside the far post from above the left circle.
“Obviously it was a big win for us, because we came from behind,” said Pastrnak.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen each scored a power play goal for Carolina, and Pyotr Kochetkov made 38 saves. The Hurricanes lost their fifth consecutive series.
Boston’s tying goal was originally ruled out due to goaltender interference on Nick Foligno, but that was reversed after a challenge from a coach after it was determined that Foligno had been shoved into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.
Boston goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period with an undisclosed upper body injury. Teammate Connor Clifton had jumped on him to block a shot during a scramble. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.
In a rematch of last spring’s opening round playoff series, which the Hurricanes won in seven games, Carolina knocked out the NHL’s top-scoring team for nearly two periods, jumping a pair of power play goals in the opening period.
Noesen scored at 6:34 to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the period, Kotkaniemi picked up the puck at the side of the net after Seth Jarvis’ shot bounced off the back window and slid into the post at 3:05 PM.
Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.
Boston entered the league with 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 per), but had relatively few chances despite having a 5-to-3 power play advantage early in the game.
The Bruins honored captain Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his 1,000th career point on Monday against Tampa Bay, with a message on the giant video screen. The audience gave him a standing ovation.
Bergeron became only the fourth Bruin to reach the mark, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).