The Boston Bruins extended their winning streak to three games after coming from behind (again) to beat the New York Islanders 4-1 at UBS Arena in Belmont Park. The B’s trailed by a goal heading into the first intermission after a Zach Parise one-timer got past Linus Ullmark.
Despite giving up the game’s first goal, Ullmark was by far the Bruins’ best player in the opening period. Boston got off to a slow start and allowed several high-quality scoring chances right in front of the goal, but Ullmark was able to steer aside all but one shot.
Ullmark made 26 saves on the night he would collect his 100th career victory and continues to have one of the best seasons ever by any Swedish-born goaltender. Ryan Gagne wrote a pretty sweet story about that, which can be checked out here.
Ullmark improved his record with the win to 24-2-1 and is a perfect 10-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division. The 29-year-old continues to have an insane season as the Bruins continue to win at a historic pace.
Of course, Boston would need more than solid goaltending to win this game. The B’s backend displayed its offensive touch with a pair of goals in the second period. Charlie McAvoy tied the game at one after scoring his third-season goal.
Matt Grzelcyk was patient with the puck as he toured the offensive zone waiting for the perfect moment to distribute the biscuit. He found a wide-open McAvoy who buried a one-timer of his own to get the Bruins on the board.
Derek Forbort gave the Bruins the lead after he crashed the crease and tucked the puck behind Semyon Varlamov. A David Pastrnak shot was slowed down by the Isles goalie before David Krejci and Forbort each got a piece of the puck. “Scorebort” was credited with his third goal of the season.
The Bruins continued their onslaught in the third period shortly after Sebastian Aho was given a minor penalty for tripping Brad Marchand. Marchand wasted little time getting his revenge as he scored 41 seconds into the man advantage.
The Bruins sealed their third consecutive win after a dominant shift from the Charlie Coyle line. Boston possessed the puck down low as time ticked off the clock. Trent Frederic did a great job supporting Craig Smith as he battled for the puck along the boards.
Frederic chipped the puck down low to Coyle before making his way to the front of the net, receiving a pass from Coyle, and finished with a quick release for his 10th goal of the season. Coyle’s pass between the feet and under the stick of the Islanders’ defender was something special.
At 35-5-4, the Bruins are the second-fastest team in NHL history to reach 35 wins. The team leads the NHL with 74 points and returns to the ice Thursday night when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.