Regulation wins are even more important this season for the Bruins

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After a valiant 3 goal comeback in regulation, including Charlie McAvoy’s 1st of the year with the goalie pulled, the Capitals bested the Bruins in overtime. Alex Ovechkin blasted the game-winning score past Tuukka Rask to give Washington the extra point.

In a normal year, this would not have been a big deal. It was a good comeback against a team Boston has really struggled against over the past few seasons. Plus, they at least grabbed 1 point.

However, this is far from a normal year. With the Bruins only playing against the other 7 teams sharing their division, winning in regulation will be critical.

BOSTON, MA. – JULY 16: Daniel Vladar , Patrice Bergeron #37 and Jeremy Lauzon #79 of the Boston Bruins during practice at the Warrior Ice Arena on July 16, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

In a regular year, it would not really affect Boston if Washington got 2 points against them. While they are in the same conference, they compete in separate divisions. The Capitals’ point totals would only matter to the Bruins if both were gunning for a wild card entry.

However, during this season, it is vital that the Bruins earn as many regulation wins as possible. Not only is it important to grab 2 points whenever possible, Boston does not want opponents fattening up on OT and shootout loser points.

So far this campaign, the Bruins have played in 5 extra sessions.

Shootout win vs. Devils but got to overtime after allowing a 3rd-period goal to tie the game.

Overtime loss vs. Devils with just 2 seconds remaining in the session.

Shootout win vs. Flyers was needed after Philadelphia tied the contest late in the 3rd period.

Overtime win vs. Penguins, but Boston’s 2 goal lead in the 3rd should have been enough for the Bruins to earn a regulation win.

Overtime loss vs. Capitals after clawing to tie the game with under a minute left.

The positive angle is at least the Bruins have taken home that extra point more often than not. It would be a double-whammy had Boston been sub-par in the extra sessions.

However, this year, Boston needs to make sure they keep as many points to themselves. The Bruins are competing in a talented division in a condensed schedule. Regulation wins will play a role in deciding seeding, as well as who makes the playoffs.

Story by Chad Jones

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