Boston Bruins

  • Down by one after two periods of play, Jim Montgomery’s Bruins were 20 minutes away from their record-tying, season-opening home win streak coming to an end Friday afternoon against the visiting Hurricanes.

    It was the perfect time for Montgomery, who has often let it be known that he allows the Black and Gold’s room run itself under the guidance of its army of leaders, to remind the team was what on the line.

    And it certainly seemed to do the trick, as the Bruins rallied in the third while David Pastrnak provided the overtime bomb that completed the comeback and downed the Hurricanes in a 3-2 overtime final at TD Garden.

    With the win, the Bruins moved out of their three-way tie with the 1963-64 Blackhawks and 2021-22 Panthers and into sole possession of the longest season-opening home win streak, with 12 straight wins at TD Garden.

    “There’s been a lot of great teams in this league and you’re able to set a precedent and break a record,” Montgomery said of the message shared between the second and third period of play. “It doesn’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves like they do.”

  • “It doesn’t happen often, right?” Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron said of the record. “We’ve worked extremely hard to get to this game. You don’t want to put all the emphasis on one record, but that being said, we have something special, and we want to carry that on. And it shows character, and that was a character win.”

    In an early 0-2 hole behind a pair of Carolina power-play strikes, the Bruins brought themselves back in this game with a late-period goal from David Krejci in the middle frame, and off some seriously strong wall work and effort plays from Krejci, Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha to create the opening needed for Krejci to find himself all alone in front the Carolina net and beat Hurricanes netminder Pyotr Kochetkov.

  • And in the third, it was Krejci who struck again, this time with a long-range floater, to bring the sides back even. But the goal wouldn’t come without some additional foolery, as the referees initially waved the goal off due to goaltender interference, but ultimately went back on their own call following a challenge from the Bruins.

    The goal had minimal interference, really, as it was the Hurricanes’ Brett Pesce who guided Nick Foligno into the Carolina crease and effectively forced the Boston forward into his own goaltender.

    Having access to the reply on the B’s bench, and with help from goaltending coach Bob Essensa and the video team watching the replays on the ninth floor, Montgomery had minimal worries when it came to the officials overturning their original call on the ice.

  • Nov 25, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jack Drury (18) tries to gain control of the puck in front of Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 25, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jack Drury (18) tries to gain control of the puck in front of Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) during the first period at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

  • But for the second time in their last three games, the Bruins could not escape a game unscathed, as the team lost both winger Craig Smith and goaltender Linus Ullmark to injuries before the end of this contest.

    It was unclear what exactly happened to Smith, but Ullmark’s exit came after a chaotic third-period sequence that ended with Connor Clifton landing hard on top of the B’s netminder.

    Speaking after the win, Montgomery said that the belief was that both players would be considered day-to-day and nothing more, but there’s nothing definitive on that just yet.

    With Ullmark knocked out of action, Jeremy Swayman stepped into the Boston net cold and stopped all six shots he faced in just over 16 minutes of action en route to the victory.

    The Bruins will return to game action Tuesday night when the Lightning come to town.