Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy isn’t going to let the suspense build when it comes to his Game 1 starter, as he has confirmed that it will be Linus Ullmark leading the team onto the ice for Monday’s Game 1 against the Hurricanes.
Ullmark’s start felt like an inevitability given his late-season push, with a 9-1-0 record and .945 save percentage over his final 12 appearances of the season. Those nine wins were the sixth-most in the NHL over that spell, while that .945 save percentage was tops among all NHL goalies with at least 10 appearances since Mar. 15.
Overall, the 6-foot-4 netminder posted a 26-10-2 record and .917 save percentage in 41 games with the Bruins this season.
This will be Ullmark’s first ever postseason appearance, as the Sabres did not qualify (or even come close to qualifying) for the postseason at any point during his Buffalo tenure.