The Bruins began Sunday acknowledging the wizardry and all-world skill of Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson.
“I don’t know if we gave up an odd-man rush that way, but I thought our best defense was our O-zone possession game,” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery said after the victory. “And I thought our defensemen kept a lot of pucks alive, being really aggressive. And all I know is it’s great to have an elite D corps like we do, led by Lindholm and McAvoy, who scored two unbelievable goals to get us going. I thought they led us tonight with our intensity and our puck-possession game.”
And it was the McAvoy goal that simply stole the show in this contest, too, as McAvoy took a feed from David Pastrnak from just above his own blue line and danced between Karlsson and Timo Meier and then around Mario Ferraro before he beat James Reimer for the Black and Gold’s second goal of the evening.