Bruins blow defending champion Avalanche off the ice with 5-1 win
December 3rd, 2022
The Boston Bruins have added a statement win to their growing list of accomplishments.
Boston’s blistering start to the 2022-23 season continued Saturday night with a convincing 5-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. The Avs were without captain Gabriel Landeskog in the game, but they did have reigning Conn Smythe and Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar and All-Star Nathan MacKinnon. The pair was essentially a non-factor, as they combined for five shots on goal and a minus-1.
Meanwhile, for the Bruins, David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic both scored twice, Jake DeBrusk buried a dagger in the third period, and eight different Bruins notched at least one assist. Goaltender Linus Ullmark held up his end with 22 saves, seven of which on high-danger scoring chances.
Pastrnak’s first goal came on the power play in the first period, finishing on a pinpoint cross-ice feed from Brad Marchand. His second came on a breakaway after he caught the Avs being overly aggressive through the neutral zone and David Krejci fed up straight down through the middle of the neutral zone. Pastrnak, as usual, did the rest.
The lone blemish on the night for the Bruins was when Andrew Cogliano took advantage of Charlie McAvoy losing the puck in front of the net and fired it past Ullmark to make it 3-1. But the B’s answered later in the period with not one but two goals, 10 seconds apart, by Frederic and DeBrusk.
The Bruins outshot the Avs 40-25 on the night. They also dominated at the faceoff dot with a 62.5 percent win rate.
With the victory, the Bruins move to 14-0 at home on the season, extending their new NHL record. It marks the first time since 1997-98 that the Bruins beat the Avalanche in consecutive games at home.
Dec 3, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Trent Frederic (11) scores a goal past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
The Bruins get back to action on Monday night at TD Garden, when they get another good test in the Vegas Golden Knights and the return of former head coach Bruce Cassidy.
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