The Bruins made a late surge on Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Blackhawks, but fell short of making NHL history, losing 6-4. Falling behind by a score of 6-0 with 5:44 remaining in the second period, the Bruins looked all but down and out, but scored two goals in the final 16 seconds of the period to make it interesting. The team would tack on two more in the first ten minutes of the third, but could not get any closer than two goals behind. No team has ever come back from down six goals to win an NHL game.
Paired with a Saturday night 3-2 win by the Detroit Red Wings over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins are now on the outside looking in at the NHL playoff picture. Detroit sits at 91 points and in the third position in the Atlantic Division, while the Bruins have 90 points to sit in fourth. Both teams have three games left on their schedules.
The Bruins will play on Tuesday night at TD Garden against the Carolina Hurricanes, who have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, while Detroit next plays Wednesday in a key matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers. Depending on the results of these two games, both the Bruins or the Red Wings could be in a position to eliminate the other and clinch a playoff position with a win when the teams square off at the TD Garden on Thursday night. This game will undoubtedly serve as one of the most important games of the season across the NHL and will have a playoff atmosphere unlike any other regular season game. If the Bruins win their last three games, they will secure a playoff position, regardless of any help they may receive from other teams.
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