By: Liz Rizzo | Follow me on Twitter @pastagrl88
The Boston Bruins have closed out the month of October with a 4-0 shutout against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at the Nationwide Arena in the second game of a back-to-back. Boston’s gameplay continues to flow in the right direction as they end the night with a historic win: 16 points in nine games (a first in franchise history). Tonight’s win also marked Linus Ullmark’s fifth shut-out of his career.
Boston opened up the scoring as Matt Grzelcyk snapped the puck past Columbus’ goalie Elvis Merzļikins for an early 1-0 lead. Taylor Hall and Pavel Zacha were credited with the assists. Both teams had one penalty in the first period: Connor Clifton was assessed for boarding against Jack Roslovic while Andre Peeke went to the box for a tripping call against Craig Smith.
SCORE END OF FIRST: BOS-1, CBJ-0
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-14, CBJ-12
The Bruins were on the penalty kill when Tomas Nosek was nabbed for hooking against Liam Foudy. Unfortunately for Columbus, Boston took full advantage when Charlie Coyle backhanded the puck for a short-handed goal, giving the team a two-goal lead.
Boston found themselves on the power play when Boone Jenner was called for tripping against Charlie Coyle. There were some good scoring chances during the man advantage however the B’s were unable to capitalize.
Jake DeBrusk widen the lead when he quickly scooped up a loose puck that was misfired by Columbus. The play would lead to a breakaway goal giving the team a 3-0 score. Minutes later Bruins’ right-winger David Pastrnak scored the night’s fourth goal and his seventh of the season, wristing one in the back of the net. Patrice Bergeron would be credited with the assist. Pastrnak now has a four-game point streak.
SCORE END OF SECOND: BOS-4, CBJ-0
SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-15, CBJ-7
Daniil Tarasov took over netminding duties to start the final period that saw a frustrated and worn-down Columbus team unable to muster any sort of comeback. With the team and its fans growing weary, Boston continued to calmly push forward. Linus Ullmark made timely saves in the net as the Jackets gave one final push to get on the scoreboard however tonight belonged to the Black and Gold.
FINAL SCORE: BOS-4, CBJ-0
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS-35, CBJ-30
The Bruins closed the final period with a 4-0 win and ended the month with an impressive 8-1-0 start to the season. Ullmark is now 6-0-0 with a .945 save percentage. The 29-year-old Swedish goaltender made 30 saves in tonight’s match-up. Boston remains on top of the Atlantic Division and leads the league ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights. Columbus has now lost its third game in a row at home.
NEXT GAME: November 1st versus the Pittsburgh Penguins with puck drop at 8:00 pm