By Sam Zannotti
BOSTON – The Bruins were able to hold the Blue Jackets scoreless on Friday night sending them to their 5th straight win of this season. They were powered by 3 second-period goals and a phenomenal showing in goal by Linus Ullmark.
Unable to capitalize on their first few attempts, it was uncertain who would score first. Ullmark made back-to-back saves to keep the puck out of the Bruin’s goal. Their first goal of the night was just before the halfway mark of the first period. The goal was scored by Matt Grzelcyk and assisted by Pavel Zacha and Taylor Hall.
The Bruins would remain up 1-0 entering the second period. Four minutes into the period, Charlie Coyle would take the puck from his own end and score an unassisted goal, much like he did on Thursday against the Red Wings.
DeBrusk was able to get in front of a shot and take the puck the length of the ice and put one by Merzlikins with ease. With less than 30 seconds remaining in the second period the Bruins were able to capitalize and score their fourth and final goal of the night. Pastrnak added his seventh goal of the season, and his eighth point in a four-game span, on a wrist shot. The goal was assisted by Patrice Bergeron.
The third period started with a Blue Jackets change in goalies. Daniil Tarasov entered the net for Columbus in relief. The Bruins only put up six shots in the third and Tarasov recorded six saves. Ullmark posted his fifth career shutout, recording 30 saves throughout the night.
The Bruins have a few days off before traveling to Pittsburg to face the Penguins on Tuesday. The Penguins are 4-3 while the Bruins now lead the Atlantic Division sitting at 8-1. This is only the third time in Bruins history that they have recorded 8 wins in the month of October.