BOSTON (AP) — Defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Charlie McAvoy scored highlight reel goals, Linus Ullmark earned the shutout and the NHL-leading Boston Bruins defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-0 for an 11th straight season Sunday night.
The Bruins won their fifth straight game and improved to 22-1-3 at home this season, including a win at Fenway Park as the “home team” in the Winter Classic.
Watch: Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy gives his best Bobby Orr impression with a highlight reel goal
Ullmark, who was named an All Star for the first time, made 17 saves and improved his record to 24-2-1. He had a relatively easy game before going into halftime with a skate blade problem at 8:01, and backup Jeremy Swayman made a relieved stop before Ullmark returned 2:28 later.
David Pastrnak scored his 36th goal as team leader and Nick Foligno also scored for Boston, who have not lost to the Sharks since their 3-2 home loss on March 15, 2016. Brad Marchand added two templates.
James Reimer stopped 18 shots for the Sharks, who were ruled out for the first time this season.
Lindholm took a pass from Marchand near the blue line and sliced down the centre, spinning around Michael Eyssimont before firing a wrist shot over Reimer’s left shoulder to make it 1-0 at 7:16 of the first period.
In the second, McAvoy charged down the slot, spinning the puck past forward Timo Meier and collecting it himself before switching to the right and shoving it around Reimer at 4:08.
Foligno deflected Lindholm’s shot to make it 3-0 after 6:46 seconds. Pastrnak’s goal came on a power play.
In the second of eight games, the Sharks hit double-digit shots on goal late in the second game.
Before the game, the Bruins surprised 10-year-old Tanner Dikan, who was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease, with a one-day contract that made him an honorary team member. He was also allowed to announce the starting line-up to the players in the dressing room before the game.
The Bruins had a video tribute with current and former players congratulating assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer on turning 1,000. game completed.
REMARKS: Boston forward Tomas Nosek missed his first game with a broken left foot, injured in the last game. He is expected to be sidelined for four weeks. … The Sharks’ standout defenseman Erik Karlsson also went without a point in the teams’ first meeting, a 4-2 Boston win on Jan. 7 in San Jose. … Meier and Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo fought 27 seconds into the game. Carlo went straight to the dressing room after the fight and pointed to his left shoulder area as he told the linesman that he had to go. He returned shortly and served the remainder of his 5-minute major.
Sharks: On Tuesday with the Detroit Red Wings.
Bruins: Open a five-game journey with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.
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