Bruins netminder Linus Ullmark’s introduction to the Bruins-Maple Leafs rivalry did not go as planned, as the first-year Bruin surrendered four goals on 35 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The issues went well beyond Ullmark, of course, but that did not prevent him from taking the blame following the defeat.
“I need to be a little bit better, obviously,” Ullmark said after the loss. “Can’t let in four goals against these guys. That’s on me.”
If you were looking to launch a deep-dive dissection of goals to divvy up the blame pie beyond Ullmark, there was plenty to go around. You had the first goal from John Tavares, which came with a nearly five-minute video review that the Bruins didn’t agree, a pair of Auston Matthews power-play goals with miscues aplenty, and then Tavares outworked an entire defensive pairing to get to the front of the net and inch a wobbler through Ullmark for their fourth and final goal on the B’s netminder.
Still, Ullmark had his own take on the matter.
“There’s definitely some goals I want back,” Ullmark said. “I felt like I should’ve stepped up a little more to get the win.”
But that didn’t mean that Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy agreed with Ullmark’s assessment.
“I don’t think he was at his best tonight by any means, but we weren’t at our best in front of him,” Cassidy said. “This is not on the goalie. I think for us to win tonight, he would’ve had to have a really, really good game. This isn’t on Linus tonight.”
With the loss, Ullmark dropped to 3-2-0 on the year, while his save percentage dipped down from .927 to .918.
“Unfortunately today wasn’t the day,” said Ullmark. “Just gotta move forward.”
There will be plenty of opportunities for that, too, as the Bruins will begin a four-in-six on Tuesday night against the Senators.
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