NHL: the top of the Atlantic for the Bruins

NHL: Atlantic top for Bruins


With their sixth straight 2-1 victory over the Bolts, the Bruins became Atlantic Division champions. 

They won 56 of their 72 games this season for a total of 117 points, twenty more than their main pursuers, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Main player in the disputes at the start of the game, Hathaway finally had the last word by scoring the goal that made the difference at the end of the second period. The former Washington Capitals pounced on Matt Grzelcyk's throw return to get his 12th goal of the season.

“We were looking forward to coming across a team that will potentially make the playoffs, a team who fights. That's how we'll play [in the playoffs]. It's encouraging for my line, but for the club too, to play this way, with our identity,” said Hathaway, who had already fought with Maroon earlier this season.

Patrice Bergeron and Victor Hedman had scored on either side to make it 1-1 before the first intermission.

Two of the best goalkeepers in the National League this season were facing each other, and it was Linus Ullmark who had the upper hand over Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Swede made 26 saves to sign a 35th victory. 

Carter Hart gives nothing to the Wings 

Carter Hart is in good shape these days and the goalkeeper of the Flyers continued their momentum by shutting out the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-0 victory Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The 24-year-old Albertan hasn't given up, despite his family being a long way from a playoff berth. He's won his last four starts and posted his first shutout since late January.

The Wings haven't played like a team that has to give it their all to reach the spring ball. Despite seven powerplays, the visitors only directed 29 pucks in Hart's direction.

In his first start since December, Alex Nedeljkovic gave up twice on just 21 shots. Kieffer Bellows and Scott Laughton beat him in the second period. The second went there with a very nice shot without even looking at the goalkeeper to score.

Tyson Foerster completed the scoring in an empty net. It's already the seventh point in eight games for the 21-year-old Ontarian.

The Kraken have fun

In Nashville, the Seattle Kraken responded well to the Predators by beating them 7-2, including four goals in the third period.

Both Western Conference teams are in contention to make the playoffs, and the “Preds” had done the necessary Thursday by winning 2-1 in the shootout. For this rematch, Seattle showed all its power.

Eeli Tolvanen hurt his former club with two goals, but Nashville hung on, closing the gap to 3-2 at the start of third twenty. However, the visitors went into overdrive at this time with four consecutive goals. Matty Beniers notably reached the plateau of 20 goals, and Jared McCann scored his 35th of the campaign.

The Predators delivered a poor performance at home by directing only 16 shots against Philipp Grubauer. Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene and Philip Tomasino had two points apiece in the loss.

With 88 points, the Kraken are one step closer to a ticket to the spring tournament. It's more difficult for John Hynes' squad, which remains stuck at 80 points.