Boston Bruins

  • The Bruins are officially off to their best start in franchise history, as Friday’s shutout victory over the Blue Jackets improved the club to an impressive 8-1-0 record on the year.

    And given what the Bruins were up against in this game — this was the second leg of a back-to-back that began with Thursday’s win over the Red Wings, and the Bruins were traveling to Columbus without Brad Marchand (rest) and David Krejci (upper-body injury) — this was about a clean an effort as Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery could have hoped to get out of his squad.

  • Up 1-0 after the first period following Matt Grzelcyk’s first goal of the season, the Bruins used a Columbus power-play opportunity to completely turn momentum their way, as Charlie Coyle doubled the Black and Gold’s edge with a shorthanded marker through the Jackets’ Elvis Merzlikins at the 4:30 mark of the second.

    The goal continued what’s been an excellent start to the year for Coyle, who has been a major factor at both ends of the rink, and was good for his third goal of the season.

    And the Bruins weren’t done.

    On what was his third breakaway of the evening, Jake DeBrusk finally beat Merzlikins for the B’s third goal of the evening, while Pastrnak pushed Boston’s lead to four with a goal just 4;26 later.

  • It was all more than enough for B’s netminder Linus Ullmark, who put forth yet another stellar outing, and stopped all 30 shots thrown his way for his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career.

    With the win, Ullmark improved to 6-0-0 on the year, and actually bumped his season save percentage up from an already-lethal .936 to a downright dominant .945 on the year. It’s the best October by any B’s netminder since Tim Thomas, who went 6-0-0 with a preposterous .984 save percentage, back in October 2010.

    The Bruins will return to action Tuesday night against the Penguins.