The team that has the NHL’s best home record now has home ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, as the Boston Bruins topped the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, to clinch the best regular season record in the East.
The win put the tiebreaker out of reach for the second place Pittsburgh Penguins, as the Bruins have 50 regulation and overtime wins, and Pittsburgh has 44.
It was the 30th home victory for the Bruins, and moved Boston two points ahead of St. Louis, who lost to Colorado on Saturday, for the NHL’s best record and the coveted President’s Cup.
” You just have to look at our record,” Boston coach Claude Julien said in an AP interview. ” We’re at 113 (points). I think that shows you overall we’ve been a pretty good team. We’ve had struggles at times, but I don’t think there’s an area I’d consider a weakness on the team.” [Source: SI.com]
Eastern Conference teams have struggled at Boston’s TD Garden all season, and now are faced with having to come in and steal a game or two in order to win a playoff series.
The only concern for the Bruins now is the health of Jarome Iginla, who was sidelined for the second time in three games. Iginla has been a spark in the Boston offense lately, and his presence on the ice will be key during the postseason.