It’s been an eventful week for the Black & Gold both on and off the ice.
Boston started off by embarking on a four game road trip taking on some of the best in the West. Starting in Colorado, Brad Marchand scored the first period icebreaker and third period equalizer to force OT. The Bruins were blanked in the shootout and fell 4-3 to the red-hot Avalanche.
Up next Boston ventured to the desert to take on Arizona and Vegas.
The Bruins had their opportunities to break a late 3-3 tie with the Coyotes but were thwarted by some exceptional goaltending by Connor Ingram. Linus Ullmark had started the game for Boston and made 32 saves before suffering an injury in overtime. Jeremy Swayman came in for relief and was beaten on the first shot he faced to end the game.
Based on all reports, Ullmark avoided serious injury and Coach Montgomery considered him day-to-day.
Facing off against the defending Cup Champion Golden Knights, the B’s held strong in a goalie duel.
Both Swayman and his adversary Logan Thompson carried shutouts into the third period, until Jack Eichel and Matt Grzelcyk scored to force another OT. Alex Pietrangelo converted on a 2-on-1 and Boston was handed the loser point for the third straight game.
Swayman took the net for the fourth straight game to wrap up the road trip in St Louis.
In a back-and-forth affair, the Blues answered every Bruins goal to force Boston into OT for the fourth straight game. However unlike the previous three, Boston finally came out on top thanks to Charlie McAvoy’s game winner.
It was his second goal of the night and a record setter, as he passed Ray Bourque for the most OT goals for a Bruins defenseman.
The win particularly special for Swayman, as he was announced to All-Star game just hours earlier.
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak tied for the most points over the road trip, each recording four. Marchand scored four goals, while Pastrnak scored one goal and assisted on three others.
Up next, the Bruins host the New Jersey Devils in an MLK Day matinée.
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