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NHL Daily: Flyers on Nice Run, Boston Bruins on Record Pace

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Boston's David Krejci beats goaltender Carter Hart in the Bruins' 4-1 win over the Flyers on Nov. 17. Photo: AP.

While the Philadelphia Flyers are on their best run of the season — five wins in their last six games — it’s mind-boggling what the Boston Bruins are doing.

At just about the halfway point of the season, the B’s are 32-4-4 (68 points), a pace that could threaten the NHL’s best regular-season record in history.

Boston is on pace to break the franchise record of 121 points, which was set in the Bobby Orr days of 1970-71. The Bruins are on pace for 139 points in an 82-game season.

Montreal holds the NHL record for points in a season — 132 in 1976-77, when it went 60-8-12 (.825 points percentage) in an 80-game schedule.

The Bruins are directed by new coach Jim Montgomery, who is a former Flyer and a man who threw his hat in the ring for the Philadelphia job before John Tortorella was hired.

Both coaches have gotten the most out of their respective teams this season … and then some.

Heading into Tuesday, Boston led the league in goals-against average (2.13 per game) and save percentage (.928), and the Bruins were second in the NHL in scoring (3.85 per game).

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Around the NHL and National Hockey Now

Philly Hockey Now: Rookie Sam Ersson has been so good lately that goaltending has become the Flyers’ biggest strength. Hard to believe, Harry. Philadelphia Flyers.

Philly Hockey Now: Right winger Bobby Brink needs to stay with the Phantoms all season, writes prospects expert Russ Cohen. Philadelphia Flyers.

Philly Hockey Now: Congrats to Cam Atkinson and his wife, Natalie, on the arrival of their third child, Fallon Ann. “Our little princess,” the proud dad said on social media. “Our hearts are full and family is complete.” Ariel Melendez has the story. Philadelphia Flyers.

Boston Hockey Now: The Boston Bruins aren’t just good; they are scary good. Maybe even historically good.  Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Evgeni Malkin had four points as the Penguins overcame a 3-0 deficit and scored a much-needed 5-4 victory over Vancouver. Former Phantoms goalie Dustin Tokarski replaced Casey DeSmith during the game and also played an important role in the win. Pittsburgh Penguins.

New York Islanders Hockey Now: The Isles lost their third straight, dropping a 2-1 shootout to visiting Dallas. They had 17 high-danger chances, but found the back of the net just once. New York Islanders.

Colorado Hockey Now: Evan Rodrigues has been a great fit with the Avs. Colorado Avalanche.

Montreal Canadiens: Call it the Curse of the Retro Jerseys. Montreal is 0-4 and has been outscored, 18-5, when wearing their retros. Montreal Canadiens.

Detroit Hockey Now: Before the Red Wings’ 7-5 win Tuesday over Winnipeg, coach Derek Lalonde gave evaluations on five players. He gave an interesting evaluation on Jakub Vrana, who is currently playing with Detroit’s Grand Rapids farm team in the AHL. Detroit Red Wings.

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