COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Linus Urmark makes 30 saves in his fifth career shutout, Charlie Coyle scores shorthanded, and the NHL-leading Boston Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Friday. , achieved a five-game winning streak.
Matt Grzelcyk, Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak also scored to help Boston improve to 7-1-0.
Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said, “We have a lot of players wearing ice bags right now, and it shows their commitment early in the year. They play hard for each other.” and we are getting good results.”
Elvis Merzlikins stopped 25 shots for the Blue Jackets before being replaced by Daniil Tarasov in the third period, stopping 6. Columbus lost six of his nine games in the first, his third straight loss at home.
The Bruins struck at 8:43 into the season opener when Grzelcyk scored his first goal of the season from above the left circle over Melzlikins’ glove.
Columbus set a scoreless record in the second period on his 22nd power play without a goal. Coyle compounded these predicaments by scoring short-handed at 4:30.
“It’s tough when you’re chasing a game,” said Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen. “It’s draining. You can see who we are. Then we start pressuring them for doing things they shouldn’t be doing.”
DeBrusk made it 3–0 after blocking the shot that led to the breakaway score at 15:07, and Pasternak added a goal with 26 seconds remaining in the second period from Lister from the left circle.
Pastrnak extended his scoring streak to four games and topped the NHL leaderboard with 16 points. He is second in the league with 7 goals.
“It’s a great start,” said Coyle. I don’t know if many expected us to achieve our current record, but it doesn’t matter. We know what’s here, who we have, and who we can take responsibility for. . ”
Patrice Bergeron, who assisted Patrisnak’s goal, extended his scoring streak to three games (1-2-3). He has 9 points in 9 games.
The Bruins were without center David Craig, who was sidelined Thursday’s game against Detroit with an upper-body injury. Brad Marchand, who returned from double hip surgery in the offseason, also didn’t play. Columbus played without Jake Bean, who was out ill, and Adam Bockvist, who broke his leg Tuesday and is expected to miss six weeks. is expected.
Welcome to the NHL
No. 6 overall pick in the 2022 draft, David Zilicek made his NHL debut with Columbus, playing 14:38 and recording one shot on goal. At 18 years, 334 days, Blue is the second-youngest defensive player in Jackets history, behind only Rostislav Klesla (18 years, 200 days). Before he was called up, the Czech native was tied on points (0-4-4) with assists as he led his Blueliners as an AHL rookie. Jiricek is the third pick to play in the NHL out of the 2022 draft, behind No. 1 pick Juraj Slafkovsky and No. 4 pick Shane Wright.
The Bruins made a trade midway through Thursday’s game against Detroit, acquiring the rights to goaltender Michael DiPietro and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jonathan Meilenburg in exchange for forward Jack Stadnica.
The Blue Jackets went 3-0 on the power play and went 23-0 to start the season. This is a record for a franchise that has played the longest without hitting a power play goal.
The match was Columbus’ last game at home before traveling to the Nokia Arena in Tampere, Finland, to face the Colorado Avalanche on November 4 and 5 as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series. . Columbus heads to Helsinki after Sunday’s contest in New Jersey. The team has several Finns in the club. General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen hails from Kuopio, Finland and is the NHL’s first European-born general manager. Wing Patrick Laing is from Tampere. Goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo is from Helsinki.
Boston: Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
Columbus: Sunday in New Jersey.
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