28-4-3. That’s the Boston Bruins record after Wednesday night. Traveling to New Jersey on the second half of a back-to-back, the Bruins found a way to get past Tuesday’s loss to beat the New Jersey Devils by a 3-1 score to get their first win after the Christmas break.
Linus Ullmark was the starter after Jeremy Swayman got the nod against Ottawa and, quite frankly, played out of his mind. Ullmark, like Swayman before him, played out of his mind, stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced to get his 20th win of the season, with only one regulation loss and one overtime loss on his record.
The win for Ullmark goes down as his 39th win in the 2022 calendar year. That ties a guy by the name of Tuukka Rask for the most wins in a calendar year as a Bruins goalie, with Rask picking up 39 wins in 2013. If Ullmark starts in Boston’s next game, he’ll get a chance to pass Rask.
Before any scoring started, Trent Frederic and Kevin Bahl dropped the gloves in the first period following a mix-up on the boards.
After that, Frederic got the Bruins on the board, knocking in his seventh goal of the season to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead, with the goal coming 8:57 into the second period.
Devils captain Nico Hischier tied the game for the Devils 6:11 into the third period on his 14th goal of the season. Boston’s captain Patrice Bergeron responded to his Devils counterpart, tipping home Hampus Lindholm’s shot to put the Bruins ahead 2-1, going down as the eventual game-winning goal.
With the net empty and 1:49 left on the clock, former Devil Pavel Zacha lit the lamp, scoring his second goal in as many games to seal the win. He got his fifth goal of the season. As of now, he is on pace for 12 goals and 52 points, which would surpass his career high of 36. He has 22 points, as things currently stand.
The Bruins wrap up the 2022 portion of their schedule with a New Year’s Eve matinee against the Buffalo Sabres, who are fifth in the Atlantic Division with a 16-14-2 record and 34 points.