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BOSTON — David Pastrnak had a purpose and two assists only a few hours after signing a brand new contract, and the surging Boston Bruins turned the quickest staff in NHL historical past to succeed in 100 factors by beating the Buffalo Sabres 7-1 on Thursday night time.
Jakub Lauko scored twice, Dmitry Orlov added a purpose and two assists, and Jeremy Swayman stopped 26 photographs because the Bruins overcame the lack of Brad Marchand to a decrease physique damage to win their ninth straight.
Boston improved to 48-8-5 in its 61st sport, besting the Montreal staff from 1976-77 that reached 100 factors in 62 video games when there have been regulation ties and no further factors for additional time or shootout victories. The Bruins have seven factors for additional time and shootout victories of their 101 factors.
Pavel Zacha, Patrice Bergeron and Connor Clifton added targets for Boston.
“It’s been actually superb to look at them wish to be nice,” coach Jim Montgomery stated.
Casey Mittelstadt scored for Buffalo, and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 35 photographs. But his uncommon tripping penalty led to Orlov’s power-play purpose and turned the sport because the Sabres dropped their second straight.
The victory capped an eventful day for the Bruins. They acquired Tyler Bertuzzi from Detroit and inked Pastrnak to an eight-year, $90 million extension.
“Probably took a little bit longer than we hoped for, however we lastly bought throughout the end line,” Boston president Cam Neely stated. “We’re thrilled to have him for an additional eight years.”
Pastrnak drew the odd penalty towards Luukkonen within the second interval after which assisted on the following purpose. He scored his forty third purpose into an empty web in Boston’s five-goal third interval that additionally noticed him earn his fortieth help.
Bertuzzi, known as a very good “sandpaper” man by Montgomery, will assist fill the roles of fellow wingers Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno. Hall was positioned on long-term injured reserve and Foligno common IR.
Last week, GM Don Sweeney picked up Orlov and Garnet Hathaway in a take care of Washington. Orlov has three targets and 5 assists in 4 video games for the reason that commerce.
A prolonged absence by Marchand would damage Boston, nonetheless. He took an enormous hit within the second interval and did not return for the third.
“We assume he will be all proper,” Montgomery stated.
The Sabres, who misplaced top-line ahead Alex Tuch (decrease physique) final week, once more performed with out banged-up high defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. He was positioned on injured reserve, retroactive to Friday, opening a roster spot for defenseman Riley Stillman, acquired Monday from Vancouver.
Stillman made an instantaneous impression, recording 5 hits in a scoreless first interval.
And it remained deadlocked till Luukkonen was known as for tripping as Pastrnak tried to beat him whereas skating in alone.
“It was an unlucky name,” coach Dan Granato stated. “Obviously, the referees thought it was a visit. Luukky got here out and performed the puck, however that is what occurs. You’re going to have challenges like that, however clearly it was a momentum swing.”
Orlov scored on a one-timer on the following 4-on-3, and Lauko knocked in a fats rebound 1:26 later to make it 2-0.
Buffalo, in a scramble for one of many final playoff spots within the Eastern Conference, could not get well.