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FutureStarrBoston Bruins Goaltender Linus Ullmark Scores First NHL Goal
On Saturday night, Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark scored his first NHL goal against the Vancouver Canucks, becoming the first goalie in history to score against an NHL team.
In the opening period, Boston outshot Vancouver 20-7 and held on for a 3-1 victory. Hampus Lindholm and Brad Marchand each scored one goal in the opening frame to give Boston an early advantage.
On Saturday night, Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark scored his first NHL goal to help his team claim a 3-1 victory against Vancouver Canucks. This goal came during their current streak of six straight victories for an immense boost.
On a power play in the first period, Hampus Lindholm opened the scoring for Boston with a one-timer from the point. Brad Marchand made it 2-0 with 35 seconds remaining in that same period by darting into the middle on a break and beating Silovs to his far side for his 19th goal of the season.
The Bruins had a commanding lead going into the third period, and were able to hold on and secure victory despite an empty net. With less than a minute remaining in regulation time, Ullmark scored into an empty net for a 3-1 lead for Boston.
Ullmark has quickly made himself one of the league's premier goalies during his time with the Bruins. He currently ranks first in wins, save percentage and goals against average with a 30-6-4 record this season and earned himself his first All-Star nomination.
Ullmark had been playing hockey since he was young, always dreaming of scoring a goal in his NHL career. Unfortunately, it took him some time before he finally reached this milestone in his hockey career.
As a junior hockey player in Sweden, Ullmark missed his shot on goal and knew he needed to make sure the first time was the last time. So he practiced diligently until it clicked every time.
Once he made it to the NHL, he set out to become the best goalie possible. With each passing year, his skills have evolved and now play an integral part of why the Bruins are on such a successful streak.
Last season, He was an integral part of the team's triumph as they won a championship. His performance this year has been even better; he currently ranks first in wins, save percentage and goals against average for the league.
Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark scored the game-winning goal against the Vancouver Canucks in the last minute of play on Saturday night, becoming the first Boston goalie ever to score and 13th overall in NHL history. This feat capped off his incredible display of skill throughout 3-1 victory over Vancouver - culminating a remarkable comeback by Ullmark.
In his previous five games against the Washington Capitals, Ullmark had allowed just one goal. This season he has been one of the best goalies in NHL history, leading the league in save percentage and goals-against average while making a strong case for the Vezina Trophy.
On Saturday, he added another goal to his list of accomplishments when he took a pass from Conor Garland and fired it into the empty net. It was an impressive highlight-reel goal for the veteran goaltender who was pulled in the closing minutes of play but still managed to capitalize on a loose puck that found its way into his net.
The goal was a major victory for the Bruins, who remain atop the Eastern Conference standings with six straight wins. They are now perfect 2-0 on their Western road trip and have now won eight of their last nine matches.
On his goal celebration, Ullmark was mobbed by teammates on the ice and skated down to Boston's bench for a handshake line. Later Jeremy Swayman joined him for what has become an annual "goalkeeper hug," this time with more energy than usual.
Ullmark was in for a momentous milestone this season; he is 30-4-1 and leads the NHL in wins, save percentage, and goals-against average. Additionally, Ullmark has an excellent chance to become the first goalie to win both the Vezina Trophy and Stanley Cup simultaneously this year.
Ullmark was particularly delighted with his win as it came on the final goal of the game, capping off an amazing performance that saw him throw his glove up in joy as he blocked Brock Boeser's attempt in the third period. With his team down to its final effort, Ullmark sent a high wrist shot over three opponents' heads and across ice that slid into an empty net for an incredible victory.
At the end of regulation, Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark made history with his game-winning goal. It was his first of the season and made him the first goalie to score off a shot on goal in NHL history.
Ullmark, who has been an outstanding defender this year, deflected Brock Boeser's shot over his head and down the ice. He caught it, took a shot, and flipped it high into the empty net - a perfect shot that flew into the Canucks' net for a 3-1 victory for Boston.
Ullmark's goal was a personal milestone; he had never scored in his NHL career prior to this one. While playing junior hockey, Ullmark attempted to score but hit the post on another similar attempt.
His teammates all jumped out of their seats to celebrate, and he joined in on the traditional goal-scorer's celebration that includes glove bumps. Although it wasn't quite what he had envisioned for his NHL debut, he was nonetheless delighted.
As a result, he not only became the first goalie in NHL history to score on a shot on goal, but he also moved up to 30-4-1 on the season. That made him not only the first goalie with 30 wins in one season but also close to becoming the first goalie ever to earn the Vezina Trophy in that same season.
Though Ullmark's goal is a historic moment, it's also essential to consider its context. This was his first game as a Boston Bruins goalie and he was playing in his home country of Sweden; having grown up watching the Bruins play, he wanted to make sure he could accomplish something special when he joined the NHL.
On Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks, when Arturs Silovs was pulled for a goal with less than one minute remaining in the game, he knew it was his chance to become NHL history and score off of a shot in the net. And that is exactly what happened - he became the first goalie ever in NHL history to score off of such a shot! That historic feat came on Saturday night at Rogers Arena against his old team.
On Saturday night, Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark scored his first NHL goal against the Vancouver Canucks. Ullmark made a shot into an empty net with less than one minute remaining in regulation time for an unforgettable moment for the Bruins.
The Boston Bruins have had an outstanding season and are one of the premier teams in NHL. Their elite players at the top, along with solid depth players, make them formidable opponents. Additionally, Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark, their goalie duo, are producing impressive numbers.
On Saturday night, the Bruins held a commanding 2-1 lead with just under one minute remaining in regulation. The Canucks passed the puck into their offensive zone and Ullmark fired a shot that hit the empty net - becoming the first goalie in NHL history to score off of such a shot.
Once the horn sounded, Boston Bruins teammates surrounded him on the bench and offered their congratulations. As they made their way towards goal crease, everyone gave a collective cheer as they shared this historic moment with him.
Ullmark, in his second season with the Bruins, has been one of the best goalies in NHL this season. His 30-4-1 record and lead in goals-against average and save percentage have made him a favorite to win Vezina Trophy this year.
Due to his vast amount of talent and the Boston Bruins' salary cap, it appears unlikely he will be traded anytime soon. With so much talent on their team, making a major change would be impossible given their salary cap restrictions.
The Bruins are currently at the top of the Western Conference and have a perfect 2-0 record on their Western road trip. They look like strong contenders for the Stanley Cup.
On Saturday, they scored an important goal against the Canucks thanks to their potent offense and solid defense. As a whole, they have been the most efficient team in the NHL this season; currently leading in goals scored and goal against average.