The Boston Bruins ended their trip to Western Canada on a high note, beating the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Saturday.
Linus Ullmark was again sensational in net, ending the night with 40 saves. This is his fifth consecutive game where he has not allowed more than two goals.
Connor Clifton, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy and Curtis Lazar were the night’s scorers for Boston. The Bruins improved to 14-8-2 with the win.
The Flames came out strong in the first period. They were constantly overheating the Bruins.
But it was Clifton who had the first score on the board, giving the Bruins a 1-0 late in the period.
First of the season for Clifton and after being largely dominated in the top 20, he maintained a 1-0 lead before intermission.
After surviving an early scramble for the Flames to start the 2nd, Marchand showed his hand-eye coordination with a nice tip on a David Pastrnak shot.
Pasta is just trying to throw that in the net and Marchand does a great job of redirecting it through Jacob Markstrom.
Less than a minute later, the Bruins took advantage of a turnaround at the Flames’ blue line in their own zone and McAvoy extended the lead to 3-0.
Marchand started the payroll by stepping up and keeping the game in the zone and McAvoy wasn’t wrong.
The Flames finally broke through with less than eight minutes left in the period when Matthew Tkachuk scored on the power play.
You can see Ullmark trying to push Tkachuk back but was a bit slow to get back into position. Don’t think he expected such a quick shot from Rasmus Andersson’s point.
The Bruins took a 3-1 lead in the final period.
Boston wasted no time in getting a little insurance. Great rush from Trent Frederic and after being pushed back twice by Markstrom, Lazar was finally able to score the goal.
The Flames came close to a Sean Monahan goal with less than three minutes to go, but that was it. A 4-2 victory over a strong Flames team.
- Linus Ullmark was once again fantastic. Consecutive games with over 40 saves. Looks like he’s worth the $ 20million he got this summer
- Points in all three road games. I can’t ask for better than this.
- Look at that, the depth score! Goals from two defenders, one being a guy from the third pair and the fourth line. It’s a CV for success
- John Moore was second among defensemen in time on the ice. As we all expected
- Another point for Anton Blidh. He has four points in 11 games played this season. He’s been extremely good for the Bruins when he’s in and should see more consistent playing time.
- It’s not often that the Bruins get shot and it’s certainly rare to be so dominated. But the Flames played a lot like we saw the Bruins. A ton of hits, not a log of dangerous opportunities. Nice to be on the other side of one of these games
- Bruins finally overtake Red Wings in the standings
- I don’t know why the Flames went with Markstrom after he played the night before. I know he’s been great and Vladar had a bad last outing, but it’s really the first of the season. Not that one of the goals was on Markstrom, but an interesting decision by Darryl Sutter
Five out of six points on the road trip and the Bruins return to Boston to face the Vegas Golden Knight on Tuesday, then are back on the road for three more.
Really good to get wins against quality opponents and put the defeat of Vancouver behind them.