Boston Bruins

Dec 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

  • The tests kept on rolling for the Bruins, as the team welcomed the reigning, defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche to town for a Saturday night showdown at TD Garden.

    And, like they have with every other opponent to visit Boston this season, the Bruins ended their night skating off to “Dirty Water” and with two more points banked away by the night’s end. For the Bruins, the victory came with five goals, and with just one goal surrendered at the other end.

    It was also good for the team’s 14th straight win at TD Garden to begin the season, extending their NHL record for longest home win streak to begin a season, and was actually their first time winning back-to-back home games against the Avalanche since 1998. (Yeah, that’s 100 percent real, believe it or not.)

    Here’s the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a Saturday night win at TDG

  • No. 3 Star: Linus Ullmark

    Dec 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) and goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) celebrate after defeating the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark (35) and goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) celebrate after defeating the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Quite a nice return to action for Bruins netminder Linus Ullmark.

    Injured in last week’s Black Friday showdown with the Hurricanes, Ullmark returned to the Black and Gold’s crease Saturday and stopped all but one of the 25 shots he faced from the Avalanche. Ullmark was especially good in the first period of action, as he turned aside all 14 shots faced, including some big-time stops in an absolutely blitzed crease in front of him.

    It’s certainly worth mentioning that there’s a very good chance that Ullmark posts a shutout in this contest, too, as Colorado’s lone goal of the evening came in the immediate aftermath of a Charlie McAvoy and Nick Foligno collision that popped the puck free and put it on Andrew Cogliano’s stick right in front of the Boston net.

    With the 24-of-25 performance, the 6-foot-5 Ullmark is currently going ‘Triple Crown’ on the rest of the league, as he is leading the NHL in wins (14), save percentage (.936), and goals against average (1.93).

  • No. 2 Star: Trent Frederic

    Dec 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Trent Frederic (11) skates with the puck during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Trent Frederic (11) skates with the puck during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Saturday also came with the first two-goal game of Trent Frederic’s 139-game NHL career.

    Frederic helped extend the B’s edge to two before the end of the first period with a net-front putaway after some brilliant movement from Charlie McAvoy, and absolutely hammered home a Taylor Hall feed on a two-on-one to make it a 4-1 game for the Bruins in the third period of play.

    Frederic was also Boston’s top possession forward, as the Bruins controlled shot attempts 16-8 during his 11:12 sample of five-on-five play. The Bruins also outshot Colorado 9-2, and outscored ’em 2-0 during that run.

     

  • No. 1 Star: David Pastrnak

    Dec 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) controls the puck during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) controls the puck during the third period against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Speaking with reporters after the game, Bruins winger David Pastrnak said that he felt like he was fighting the puck in this contest. But that didn’t stop No. 88 from putting up another two-goal night for the Bruins.

    On the board with an absolutely beautiful power-play goal that featured some criminally underrated and under-appreciated passing between he and Brad Marchand, Pastrnak made it a two-tally night when given another chance at a breakaway look on the Avalanche net.

    Pastrnak’s 16 goals are the fifth-most in hockey this season, while his 34 points also rank fifth among all NHLers. Spread it out over the calendar year of 2022 and Pastrnak has scored 48 goals and 90 points over his last 69 games, with his 48 goals ranking fourth among all shooters while his 90 points are the 15th-most in hockey.