The Boston Bruins seem to almost always be competing for awards in recent years thanks to their consistent first line and goaltender pairings. Therefore, it is unsurprising that the Bruins have left their mark on the league once again. Here are the main awards and statistics where Bruins players, or the team, at least ranked in the top five.
Annually given to the team with the most points in the season, the Boston Bruins easily captured this award. They finished the regular season with exactly 100 points, six ahead of the second place team, the St. Louis Blues, who also played one more game than they did. This gave the Bruins a .714 points percentage, while the Blues had a .662 points percentage.
This is only the third Presidents Trophy in franchises history, with the prior two earned during the 1990 and 2014 seasons. There is a trend, which they hopefully won’t continue, in which they don’t seem to win the Stanley Cup the same year that they win this trophy as the best regular season team.
Maurice Richard Trophy
David Pastrnak has captured the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goalscorer. He has won it jointly with Alex Ovechkin, who also scored 48 goals but in two less games. If this stands of course, depending on how the league counts future contests, this will be Ovi’s ninth Richard award.
As for Pastrnak, this is his first major trophy win in his young career. This season he set career marks for goals, assists, points, and most of the more minor statistics despite the season only being 70 games long. While it’s certainly crazy for the 23-year-old to win this award, it is even crazier to imagine how impressive his season would’ve been if it lasted all 82 games.
William M. Jennings Trophy
Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak have won the Jennings Trophy, which is awarded to the goaltender(s) that allowed the fewest goals against with a minimum of 25 games played. In 70 games, the pairing has allowed only 174 goals against (2.49 goals per game), compared to runner-up Dallas’ 177 in 69 games (2.57 goals per game).
This is the third time a Bruins pairing has won the award since its inception in 1982. The first time was in 1990, as Andy Moog and Reggie Lemelin both captured their first and only Jennings Trophy as the team lost in the Stanley Cup Finals. The only other occasion that a Bruins duo has won it was in 2009, where Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez won.
Thomas would win the Vezina the same year, and would win it one more time in 2011 in addition to capturing the Stanley Cup. As for Fernandez, it would be his second and last time winning the award, as he would retire following the conclusion of the season.
Award/Stat Leaders Runner-Ups
Art Ross Trophy
While they didn’t win any of these next three categories, being in the conversations is still an impressive feat. The Art Ross Trophy is given to the player who had the most regular season points. Pastrnak, having led the league in goals, was tied for third in this race with Artemi Panarin, as they both finished with 95 points.
Second place was only two points greater than that of Pastrnak and Panarin’s totals, with Connor McDavid racking up 97 points in only 64 games! But the easy winner, with an insane 110 points in 71 games, was McDavid’s teammate Leon Draisaitl, who practically carried his team during certain stretches of the year due to injuries to key players. This was a five point improvement on his total last year, even with 11 less games to do it.
It was only a matter of time before Brad Marchand found his way onto this list. Thanks in part to high scoring Pasta, Marchand finishes the season fifth in assists with 59. He had five more last year, but was only in eighth place. Ahead of him was Washington’s defenseman John Carlson with 60 assists, who actually was born in Natick, MA.
All three of the next names were top three for the Art Ross trophy as well, with Panarin and McDavid tied at second with 63, and Draisaitl at the top spot with 67. As you probably could tell by his name being spoken multiple times on this list, Draisaitl dominated the league this year. But it was, to many at least, a bit unexpected since he had yet to win an award or make an All-Star appearance in the five years prior to this season.
Save Percentage Leader
The last category where a Bruins player placed was the save percentage leaderboards. Halak was actually 12th in the league with a .919 save percentage, making this season one of the best in his career. But Rask was much closer to winning, painfully close in fact, as he was in second place with a save percentage of .929.
This is obviously a great save percentage, Rask’s best since the 2014 season, which is all the more impressive considering he played 41 games. In fact, he probably would’ve won this had the season been the full 82 games. This is because first place Anton Khudobin, who played with the Bruins last year, not only barely won by .1% (.930), but he did so having played only 30 games! But it’s probably fine in the end, as Rask should probably win his second Vezina, or at the very least be runner up to Connor Hellebuyck.