The Best Games of the 2019-20 Bruins Season

As the Boston Bruins and 23 other franchises look forward to the return of the NHL, I figured it seemed only right to take a look back and select my top 5 (in no particular order) favorite games from what was an unbelievable regular season for the B’s.

#5. Lightning @ Bruins, 3/7/20

Yes, this game ended in a Bruins loss. This was one of their 14 regulation losses… and might be my favorite game they’ve lost.

This game had everything. Great saves by two of the league’s best goalies in Tuukka Rask and Andrei Vasilevskiy, beautiful goals, and of course, a LOT of brawls. It seemed like after every whistle, players came together. The two teams combined for 94 penalty minutes. I think everyone most remembers the chaos that was, when the Bruins had scored to make it a 3-2 game, but no one knew if it had crossed the red line completely. Play was halted about ten seconds later when the video review room confirmed the puck crossed the line. Patrick Maroon proceeds to pick a fight with Zdeno Chara.. and then all hell broke loose, courtesy of a dirty crosscheck to the back of Chara by Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli (which went uncalled).

#4. Bruins @ Canadiens, 11/26/19

The Bruins won this… by a score of 8-1. How can this not be a favorite?

The Bruins steamrolled the Canadiens in Montreal, and David Pastrnak registered a hat trick. Jaroslav Halak was phenomenal as well as he made 35 saves on 36 shots. Jack Studnicka registered his first NHL point, in his NHL debut, with an assist on a Danton Heinen goal. This game had everything. Not much can beat a big bruins win in Montreal.

#3. Capitals @ Bruins, 12/23/19

Coming into this game, the Bruins had only won ONE game against the capital since the end of the 2013-14 season. They were 1-12-4 in their last 17 games against them. The bruins dominated, winning by a score of 7-1. Braeden Holtby had owned the bruins up until this game, sporting a record of 18-3 with a Save% of .944 against the black and gold. He only lasted one period, as he allowed 4 goals on 11 shots. Yeah, that’ll hurt that save percentage.

Brad Marchand, David Krejci, and Sean Kuraly all scored twice as the bruins ran away with the game. Meanwhile, Tom Wilson spent the whole game doing what he does best, taking runs at every player, recklessly and dangerously. The Bruins were outshot 42-17. Thank God for Tuukka Rask. 34 of the caps shots came after the bruins were up 4-0.

#2. Wild @ Bruins, 11/23/19

For the majority of this game, it was a snooze fest. The Bruins couldn’t get anything going as they found themselves down 4-2 in the late stages of the third period. David Krejci, however, wasn’t gonna let the bruins lose this one. He scored two goals with the goalie pulled with less than two minutes to go, roughly 45-50 seconds apart, to send this one to OT. Talk about clutch!

Once the game got into OT, Torey Krug stole the show. Starting with the puck behind his own net, he rushed up the ice, split the Minnesota defense, and snuck a backhander past Alex Stalock, to seal the comeback. Just watch the video linked below, words don’t do it justice.

#1, Ducks @ Bruins, 10/14/19

I chose this one for a semi-selfish reason. I was at this game. David Pastrnak single-handedly beat the Ducks on that Columbus Day Matinee, as he scored ALL four Bruins goals. The game didn’t have much action other than that, but seeing David Pastrnak put on a clinic, and score a career-high four goals, was amazing. I was able to get seats in the first row in the Loge, right behind the bruins home net, so this game will always be special to me. Being so close to the action, you really get to see the true effort, speed, and physicality that is brought by these athletes every game.

-Bradley Whitesell (@bradiey98)

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