Top 10 of 2010: #6 Bruins use potent penalty kill to clinch playoffs

Paille/By S. Bradley

TheBruinsBlog.net looks back at the top 10 Bruins moments of calendar year 2010.

Nothing was easy for the 2009-10 edition of the Boston Bruins.

Even securing a playoff berth required the team to set an NHL record.

With Matt Hunwick in the box, the Bruins scored three goals in 64 seconds on one penalty kill and then rolled to a 4-2 win at TD Garden April 10. In need of just one standings point to clinch a spot in the postseason, the Bruins earned two and qualified for the playoffs for the third straight year.

The Bruins became the first team in recorded history to score three times on one penalty kill, and the first team to score three or more shorthanded goals in one game since Winnipeg in 1995.

Daniel Paille, Boston’s penalty-killer extraordinaire, scored just 32 seconds into the second period with an enormous individual effort.

Blake Wheeler followed up with a goal 49 seconds later, and 15 seconds later Steve Begin cashed in to cap the historic sequence.

“We made the book,” Begin said with a laugh. “I heard they’re going to put us on the power play now.”

Despite the league’s worst offense, the Bruins found a enough ways to win to get to the postseason. And the momentum they built at the end of the regular season carried over into the playoffs.

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