Bruins end dominant road trip with 4-2 win over Flames
Dec 11, 2019 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) celebrates his victory with his teammates over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Struggling with the flu virus throughout the week, still without head coach Bruce Cassidy and without Brandon Carlo for the second game in a row, the Bruins ended their three-game trip to Western Canada with five. of six possible points in his pocket thanks to a 4-2 victory over the Flames.
Hard to do better than that, right? You bet. Especially when you look at how Saturday’s showdown between the Bruins and Flames went at the Calgary Saddledome.
In a game that saw the Bruins surpass by a staggering 42-27, the Bruins finally had the chance on their side scoring the first three goals of the night on strikes from Connor Clifton, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy in the first 26: 48 of the night.
Clifton’s goal was a big blow to the Flames as well, in the sense that it was a shot that the Flames’ Jacob Markstrom Absolutely should have been from this angle.
The Flames eventually countered with a power-play goal from Matthew Tkachuk hidden by Linus Ullmark, but the Bruins found some assurance from a third period scorer from Curtis Lazar, which reduced the stress that could have arisen when Sean Monahan directed a puck through Ullmark to make it a two-goal game with 1:36 remaining in regulation.
Boston’s penalty kill had to be excellent in this game, and they were, with kills on four of their five trips to the box.
The 6-foot-4 Ullmark, meanwhile, continued what was an impressive run in the Boston Crease, with 40 saves by the end of the night. The win pushed Ullmark to a 4-1-0 record in his last five starts, with a 2.01 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in that sample.
It also marked the first time the Bruins have won more than 40 straight saves since March 7-8, 2016. At the time, it was a 47-save victory for Tuukka Rask followed by a shutout from 42 stops. by Jonas Gustavsson. Ullmark also became the first Bruins goaltender to win back-to-back wins with at least 40 saves since Tim Thomas achieved the feat in March 2009.
With the road trip behind them, the B’s will be back in Boston for a Tuesday night meeting with the Golden Knights.
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