Boston Bruins

  • The Bruins are evolving from ‘wagon’ status to ‘full-on juggernaut’ status.

    Back in game action after resting away from competitive play since late Sunday evening, the Bruins stuck to their script, and made it 15 wins in 17 games behind three third-period tallies, and another strong night in goal.

    And with their 10th win in as many tries on Garden ice, the Bruins became just the fifth team in NHL history to open a season with a 10-game winning streak at home.

    Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a 4-1 final over Philly

  • No. 3 Star: Tomas Nosek

    Nov 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Tomas Nosek (92) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Tomas Nosek (92) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Fourth-line center Tomas Nosek will be the first to tell you that he doesn’t worry about point totals. That, on this team anyway, is not really his job.

    But he was also more than happy to admit that getting on the board with a ‘real’ goal following Sunday’s drought-ending empty-net goal also felt real damn good.

    “I’m not going to lie, it feels pretty good to be able to produce something and help the team in other ways than just defensively,” Nosek admitted after the victory.

    With points in four straight games, Nosek is now on a career-best heater, as that matches his previous career-long points streak, which was set during his breakout 2021 campaign with the Golden Knights.

    And Nosek did more than open up the scoring for the Black and Gold in this contest.

    Deployed for a forward-leading 3:15 of shorthanded time on ice, the Flyers were not credited with a single shot attempt during Nosek’s shorthanded action. (The Flyers did attempt three shots during the 2:51 Nosek was not on the ice, and scored on their final power-play shot attempt of the night.)

    Nosek was also a beast in the faceoff circle, with wins in seven of his nine battles at the dot.

  • No. 2 Star: Linus Ullmark

    Nov 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) makes a save against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Just another day at the office for Bruins netminder Linus Ullmark, I suppose.

    In what was his 13th start of the season, the 6-foot-4 Ullmark turned aside all but one of the 23 shots he faced from the Flyers, and absolutely dazzled with countless top-shelf saves throughout the night.

    In fact, according to NaturalStatTrick, Ullmark stopped all seven high-danger shots thrown his way by Philly shooters. Notable stops in this one included a net-front save on Kevin Hayes in the third period, along with a first-period save on the Flyers’ Noah Cates after he snuck behind the B’s defense.

    Ullmark has a league-best .937 save percentage and 1.89 goals against average on the season.

  • No. 1 Star: David Krejci

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 25: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period at TD Garden on October 25, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 25: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period at TD Garden on October 25, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • On a night where the Bruins had key contributions from almost the entire roster, the two goals from David Krejci really stood out, as they straight-up beat any remaining fight and will out of the Flyers in this contest.

    After the Flyers’ Owen Tippett made it a one-goal game with 10:12 remaining in regulation, Jim Montgomery immediately deployed Krejci, and it was No. 46 who re-established the Black and Gold’s two-goal edge a mere 16 seconds later. Talk about a Drago-on-Creed circa Rocky IV punch to John Tortorella and the Flyers.

    Krejci also added the cherry on top to the beatdown with the power-play goal that pushed the Boston lead to three with three minutes and change remaining in the third period.

    It was also nice to see Krejci have a breakout game like this after what had been a relatively quiet return to the lineup, with just one assist in five games since suffering an upper-body injury back on Oct. 27.

    “I thought [Krejci] was really on [and[ everything looked on,” Montgomery said. “I thought he was a great 200-foot player tonight.”

    Krejci’s line, with Jake DeBrusk and Taylor Hall on his wings, also dominated the puck at five-on-five, with a 14-3 shot attempt advantage and 7-2 edge in shots in almost seven minutes of work together.

    Hell, the line continued to thrive even when the Bruins moved Pavel Zacha up to DeBrusk’s spot, with a 6-1 edge in shot attempts and 5-1 advantage in shots in just under four minutes of five-on-five time together.