Boston Bruins

  • No. 3 Star: David Pastrnak

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 17: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period at TD Garden on October 17, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Panthers 5-3. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 17: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the third period at TD Garden on October 17, 2022. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Bruins winger David Pastrnak most definitely came to play Monday night.

    In addition to a first period headlined by Pastrnak picking Selke finalist Aleksander Barkov’s pocket and generating a scoring chance, Pastrnak paced the Bruins with a team-high eight shots on goal by the night’s end. But it was the absolute blender Pastrnak put Marc Staal in that brought TD Garden to its feet in the third.

    Just absolutely silly. And at a time when the Bruins really, really needed it.

    The pending unrestricted free agent to be is now up to two goals and five points through three games.

  • No. 2 Star: Linus Ullmark

    Apr 26, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) during the second period against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

    Apr 26, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) during the second period against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Linus Ullmark can’t tell you any state secrets about his second year in Boston because, well, they don’t exist.

    “Well, I’m one year older,” the 6-foot-5 Ullmark, who has started two of the first three games of the season, quipped after Monday’s victory when asked about the differences from Year 1 to Year 2.

    But Ullmark remained a man on top of his game Monday night, as he posted a 38-of-41 line in the Boston crease for his second win in as many outings.

    And in a night that featured more than a few dazzlers — Ullmark really, truly started his night with a big time glove save on an Aaron Ekblad bomb during a five-on-three in the opening frame — it was a breakaway save on the Panthers’ Sam Reinhart that gave the Bruins some juice to go down and immediately score at the other end.

  • “It was a turning point, right?” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery said of Ullmark’s stop. “Because we were able to extend the lead and you think the game’s over, but then you quickly [realize the thing] about this league. It’s hard to win games. I thought we didn’t have our A-game, but good teams find a way to win games. And we did tonight against a really good hockey team.”

    Ullmark has now stopped 71-of-76 shots faced through 120 minutes of hockey this season, which is good for a straight-up deadly .934 save percentage.

  • No. 1 Star: Jake DeBrusk

    Oct 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) reacts after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) reacts after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period at the TD Garden. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

  • You wanna talk about celebrating a birthday in style? Hello, Jake DeBrusk.

    Waking up on his 26th birthday as a long shot to play, DeBrusk got through an optional morning skate without any pain, and surprised his teammates (and the Panthers) by jumping back in action and scoring two goals and adding an assist in 18:14 of time on ice in the victory.

    DeBrusk’s big day started with a successful jump-and-chip on Florida defenseman Gustav Forsling, which opened up a clear lane to Sergei Bobrovsky’s net and Boston’s first goal of the evening, scored at the 21-second mark of the game. DeBrusk then used his speed to win a foot-race against two Florida defenders, and fed Bergeron for the B’s second goal of the evening, and No. 74 came through with a spin-o-rama dagger.

    Let the boy eat some cake on the bench!

    (As long as it’s not ice cream cake. That’s just cold, sweet soup. Gross.)