Boston Bruins

  • With their second power-play opportunity of the five-minute overtime session, Jim Montgomery leaned on his one-two punch of Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak for the entirety of the man advantage.

    It wasn’t always in the Bruins’ plans to do that, but the pair certainly delivered (and just before the final horn), as Bergeron intercepted an attempted Minnesota clear to regain possession for one final gasp, while Pastrnak fed Taylor Hall for the goal that sealed the deal on a 4-3 victory at TD Garden on Saturday.

    “That’s why they’re out there. They have the ability to make plays and end games and that’s what they did for us with that,” Montgomery said. “It’s hard to take Bergy off the ice [because] he wins every draw. It wasn’t the plan, but because we’re in [the attacking] zone the whole time, it’s easier for those guys to stay out there.”

  • “That was an amazing play by Pasta,” Hall, who has goals in two straight games for the first time since the final two games of his 2021-22 campaign, said. “He had the whole rink on the other side, and I had the whole net.”

    Finally getting some power-play finish was just what the Bruins needed, too, with the team mired in an 0-for-10 mini-drought on the man advantage prior to Hall’s walkoff.

    But it was also a fitting end to what the Bruins felt like was their most complete performance of the young season, with the lone blemish coming on the penalty trouble that kept the Bruins in their end for entirely too long, and helped wind ’em enough to get Minnesota back on the board with a tied score late.

  • But the Bruins recovered, and really didn’t let the Wild build any sort of momentum after the game-tying tally.

    This was essentially the story of the game for the Bruins, really, as they dominated the puck to a 43-27 shot advantage, and controlled the five-on-five shot attempts with a 46-31 edge (59.74 corsi-for percentage).

    “I thought that was our best game of the year,” Montgomery said. “[With] how we want to play with and without the puck. Unfortunately, things don’t always go your way. But I like the way we keep handling adversity and we just forge ahead.”

  • In addition to Hall’s game winner, this latest victory for the Black and Gold was made possible by viewers like you, but mainly regulation goals from Nick Foligno, David Pastrnak, and Hampus Lindholm.

    Foligno’s tally continued what’s been an excellent start to the year for the 34-year-old wing, and Saturday’s marker actually saw him surpass last year’s two-goal output.

    “I think just a reset in the summer, right? Just to kind of go back and I got to train the way I needed to train. And then you come in and you’re excited, you’re motivated to prove to yourself and everyone that this is the player I am and I’m excited to be,” Foligno said of what’s worked out of the gate this season.”It’s six games in. I’m not going to get too excited about anything. Just [gonna] continue to do what I do and come here and be in the moment and be excited about what we’re trying to build here as a group. And like I told you guys before, I love being a Bruin and I love being with this group, so it drives me every day to try and bring my best.”

    In net, Linus Ullmark made his second straight start for the Bruins (it’s the first time a B’s netminder has started consecutive games this season), and stopped 24-of-27 to improve to 4-0-0 on the year.

    The Bruins return to action Tuesday night against the Stars.