Bruins break 1976-77 Canadiens' NHL record for most points in a season


The Boston Bruins' assault on the NHL record books continued Tuesday night when they defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2 at TD Garden for their 64th win of the 2022-23 season.

Not only is the Bruins' 64 wins a league record -- besting the previous mark of 62 -- their 133 points have also set a new league record that stood for more than four decades.

The previous record for points in a single regular season was 132 set by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens. This Canadiens team was in the middle of a run that included four consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1976 through 1979.

Bruins' historic turnaround in less than a year has been extraordinary

Boston's 64 wins, 12 regulation losses and five overtime/shootout losses represent one of the greatest regular seasons in the history of professional hockey. What the Canadiens did in 1976-77 was no doubt impressive, but the Bruins are setting these records in the salary cap era as part of a league with 32 teams. There's much more parity in the league today compared to the 1970s. 

The Bruins still have one more regular season game left. It's a Thursday night matchup versus the rival Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal. 

They will host the first two games of their first-round series in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winners.

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