Boston Bruins

Oct 22, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) makes a save before a game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Following a 35-of-36 performance in Buffalo on Friday night, the Bruins are going to stick with the hot hand and give Linus Ullmark Sunday’s start against the Sharks.

“He definitely earned it,” Cassidy said of Ullmark. “He was excellent [Friday].”

In a game that required 15 first-period stops from the 28-year-old Ullmark, the ex-Sabre stood tall, and wasn’t beat by a shot until the 54:35 mark of the game when Victor Olofsson beat him five hole for Buffalo’s lone goal of the night. Ullmark’s night also featured a ton of big-time stops from in tight as the Sabres routinely set up shop around Ullmark’s crease, a goal-line stand stop with his left leg, and a helmet save.

“I had a couple lucky bounces as well,” Ullmark said after the win. “But that’s the game of hockey. Sometimes you have them with you, sometimes you don’t. And [Friday] was one of those days where I had them with me.”

Luck or not, it was about as perfect a debut as the Bruins could have hoped for. And it’ll lead to a second straight start for Linus The Bear.

And for those keeping score at home, that’ll mean it’s an even split between Ullmark and second-year pro Jeremy Swayman through the first four games of the 2021-22 season. Which isn’t too different from how the B’s originally mapped it out.

“Here we are, it’s game four and they’re each going to have played two games,” Cassidy acknowledged. “We knew there would be some level of parity so to speak, with them until they got going and see how it played out.

“But [Ullmark] deserves to go back in [Sunday].”

It’s probably best not to read too much into this, as the Bruins have been upfront about taking things on a week-to-week basis when it comes to their two-headed monster in net. (Hey, have you noticed that these guys wear No. 1 and No. 35 like an old two-headed tandem from yesteryear? Anyway.) And that remains the case with a three-in-four set for later this week.

“We have a back-to-back, so they’re each going to play on Wednesday and Thursday,” Cassidy noted. “I don’t know the order, but there you’ll have it. We’ll have the month of October [finished] and probably four starts to three, which probably isn’t that far off from what we scripted.”

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