Boston Bruins

Linus Ullmark made 26 saves and became the first Bruins goaltender in history to score a goal in a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night at Rogers Arena.

Despite being out-shot 35-27 on the night, the Canucks generated 11 high-danger scoring chances to just five for the Bruins. All but one of those Canucks chances were kept out of the net, including nine big third-period saves for Ullmark. But the cherry on top was Ullmark’s historic goal, scored just as the Canucks were threatening to tie the game with their net empty.

Ullmark’s goal was the first by a Bruins goaltender in franchise history. He was only the ninth netminder all-time to accomplish the rare feat.

  • The Bruins dominated possession for most of the first period, but it took until 17:08 in to finally put the puck over the goal line, when Hampus Lindholm bombed it from the point on a power play to give the B’s a 1-0 lead. Lindholm now has seven goals on the season, his highest total since the 2017-18 season, when he scored 13.

  • Just over two minutes later, Brad Marchand extended the Bruins’ lead to 2-0 with only 35 seconds left in the opening period. It was one of Marchand’s more dynamic plays of the season, as he darted toward open ice in the slot area then ripped a missile into the net.

    Marchand is one goal shy of 20 on the season, which would mark the 12th time in 14 NHL seasons that he reached that mark.

  • Vancouver fell to an early 20-8 deficit in shots on goal, but began to battle back in that department and finally lit the lamp 7:24 into the third period. Canucks forward Conor Garland scooped the puck from the boards to the net-front, where Brock Boeser finished it off to beat Ullmark. The goal game on Boeser’s 26th birthday.

  • Defenseman Dmitry Orlov and winger Garnet Hathaway both made their Bruins debuts in the win. Orlov logged 20:04 of ice time, a shot on goal, two hits, and a blocked shot, while Hathaway played 11:40 and dished out two hits of his own.

    The Bruins are now 48-8-5 on the season. Ullmark improved to 30-4-1, as the Vezina trophy favorite is the fastest netminder to 30 wins in team history.

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