BOSTON (AP) — Another top NHL team came to Boston and faced the unbeatable Bruins.
David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic each scored two goals and the Bruins improved to an NHL record 14-0 at home this season by beating the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Saturday night.
Three nights after William and Kate, Britain’s future King and Queen, were at TD Garden to watch the NBA’s Celtics, the 18-time Prince of Wales Trophy winners took on the reigning Stanley Cup champions.
Just like defending Eastern champions Lightning Tuesday and the Carolina Hurricanes — who knocked Boston out of the playoffs last season — made the game before, the injury-strewn Avalanche went with a loss.
“It’s fun playing at home,” said Bruins forward Brad Marchand. “But you know, we carry that confidence all the time. It’s just that sometimes it suits us a little bit more at home.”
Linus Ullmark stopped 25 shots for his sixth straight win but his first since November 21. Jake DeBrusk scored his 100th NHL career goal and scored it late in the third period at 5-1 just 10 seconds after Frederic had put the Bruins in a 3-1 lead.
“I think we have a killer instinct in us that has grown over the year,” said Bruins coach Jim Montgomery. “This team, you can tell a lot of guys have won a lot in this league. They know how to win.”
Andrew Cogliano scored in the third game to make the Avalanche 3-1 and spoiled Ullmark’s shutout after two Bruins collided in front of the net and sent the puck away. Pavel Francouz made 34 saves for Colorado, which is without forwards Valeri Nichushkin, Evan Rodrigues and Darren Helm and defensemen Bowen Byram and Kurtis MacDermid; Captain Gabriel Landeskog underwent knee surgery in October.
“Colorado was very exhausted,” Montgomery said. “Nevertheless, this is a championship team and they know how to win.”
Pastrnak gave the Bruins the lead when he netted a Brad Marchand pass on a power play in the first half with just under six minutes left. Charlie McAvoy played a give-and-go with Pavel Zacha and Frederic poked the rebound to make it 2-0 late in the first.
Another potential DeBrusk goal was averted because the net came out of its peg before the puck crossed the line. Pastrnak made it 3-0 after five minutes in the second minute when he had jumped from David Krejci after a breakaway.
“That was big,” Montgomery said. “Sometimes there’s a lull in the game and then the other team gets a bit of a boost. But that Krejci line was good all night.”
Tomas Nosek had a chance to add something when he was brought down on a breakaway towards the end of the period; Francouz stopped the penalty.
NOTES: The record of 11 straight home wins early in the season was set by the Chicago Blackhawks in 1963-64, surpassed last season by the Florida Panthers and broken by the Bruins last Friday. … Avalanche winger Artturi Lehkonen left the game after the first period and did not return. … The Bruins alumni played a charity game against a group of Navy Seals on Saturday afternoon. Among those lacing up for the alumni was the defensive pairing of Ray Bourque and Zdeno Chara.
Avalanche: Visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
Bruins: Hosts of the Vegas Golden Knights and former coach Bruce Cassidy on Monday night, who is putting his winning streak at risk at home before taking to the streets before embarking on a three-game road trip.
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