Bruins continue 'magical season' with Presidents' Trophy, but 'hardest part is ahead of us'
The Boston Bruins clinched the Presidents' Trophy on Thursday but quickly turned their focus towards the postseason, with coach Jim Montgomery "looking forward to that grind".
The Bruins have been the NHL's outstanding team this season and moved to 121 points – out of the reach of any rival – with a 2-1 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Their 58th win of the campaign set a new team record, but Montgomery is keen to ensure this is not the extent of their achievements.
After a victory that he acknowledged was "not the standard we've seen all year", he said: "We're not at our game, and there's fatigue that comes in. It's not easy, but we're finding ways to win.
"It's been a magical season so far, and we know the hardest part is ahead of us, and we're looking forward to that grind."
Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron was slightly more interested in revelling in their Presidents' Trophy success, the fourth in team history.
"Of course you're proud," he said. "A lot of games and a lot of hard work.
"I'm proud of the way we've done it, sticking to our process and growing as a team."
The Bruins have seven games left in the regular season and need five more wins to set a new NHL record for wins in a single season.