The Boston Bruins grabbed their most impressive win of the year at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. The Bruins defeated the current Pacific Division leader.
After a scoreless first period for a long time, Connor Clifton ended the tie 17:43 into the period. Clifton scored his first goal and acquired his second point of the year, slipping a wrist shot past Jacob Markstrom’s pads.
The second period produced a lot more goals and the top players in Boston continued to shine. The first goal came from Brad Marchand nearly six minutes into the period with a tip-in. Less than a minute after that one, Charlie McAvoy extended the lead to 3-0. Both goals were assisted by Patrice Bergeron, the first star of the game. Luckily for the Flames, they added a goal before they went to intermission. Matthew Tkachuk scored his sixth power-play goal and ninth power-play point more than halfway through the period.
When the third period started, the Bruins didn’t take their foot off the gas pedal. Curtis Lazar scored his second goal and got his fifth point off of a rebound from a Trent Frederic shot. After that, the Bruins locked up defensively for most of the period. The flames scored the next goal with just 1:36 left in regulation. By that time, it was still 4-2, so the Flames didn’t have much time to come back. The Bruins held on to win as underdogs and continued their five-game point streak.
Linus Ullmark impressed and has had his best back-to-back performances all season. This game, he saved 40-of-42 shots for a .952 save percentage and earned the third star of the game. Last game at Edmonton, he stopped 41 out of 43 shots which got him a .953 save percentage. In the last five games, Ullmark accumulated a .941 save percentage, a 2.01 GAA and a 4-1 record.
Next game, the Bruins will hope to continue their point streak versus the Vegas Golden Knights. Puck drop will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 14 at TD Garden as the 14-8-2 Bruins take on the 15-11-0 Golden Knights.
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