Jake DeBrusk leads Bruins to overtime win over Kraken
Top Line Jake DeBrusk is off a straight-up sizzling start.
Boston’s first scorer of the evening with a net-front bang-home in the first period of play, a slight opening from Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer in the fourth frame gave DeBrusk all the space he needed to tuck home the overtime winner at the 33-second mark of a 3-2 win for the Bruins at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena.
Jake DeBrusk wins it in overtime. pic.twitter.com/kjyprygABP— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 25, 2022
DeBrusk’s overtime goal, which was good for his fourth goal in his last three games, continued what’s been the streaky wing’s hottest run of the season, and put an exclamation point on what was a complete night featuring four shots, three hits, and two blocked shots in almost 19 minutes of time on ice. The irony, of course, is that both of DeBrusk’s goals came without his new linemates, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, on the ice with him. But the like still performed well, with a 9-3 shots advantage and 7-2 scoring chance advantage in 9:51 of five-on-five time together, according to NaturalStatTrick.
DeBrusk’s goals sandwiched an absolute bomb of a one-time goal from David Pastrnak off a set play, with assists to Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk, and good for Pastrnak’s 28th goal of the season. With the goal, Pastrnak moved into a tie with Connor McDavid for the seventh-most goals among all players this season.
David Pastrnak stays hot.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 25, 2022
2-1 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/fpn7UhGDlB
At the other end of the rink, the Bruins essentially gifted the Kraken both of their goals, as dreadful line changes gave the Kraken odd-man rushes they did not miss on, with goals from Mark Giordano and Jordan Eberle.
In net, Linus Ullmark stopped 25-of-27 shots to earn his 17th win of the season and put an end to what was his first losing streak (two games) in over three months. The 28-year-old Ullmark is now 17-8-1 on the season.
With the victory, the Bruins not only extended their win streak to three games, but swept their first-ever season series with the Kraken. The Kraken, by the way, are a straight-up miserable watch. Just wanna get that out there. WOOF.
Up next, the Bruins will head to California for a Saturday night head-to-head with the Sharks.
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