NHL Hockey

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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, December 14, 2021
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 17,850

Golden Knights launch four-game trip at recovering Bruins

Vegas Golden Knights at Boston Bruins

  1. The Bruins lost their first game against the Golden Knights (Oct. 15, 2017) but they've won all five meetings with Vegas since then, most recently a 3-2 win in Boston on Jan. 21, 2020. The Bruins .833 points percentage against Vegas (5-1-0) is the highest by any team.
  2. The Golden Knights have had more shots on goal than their opponent in each of their last 11 games (11-game averages: 36.2 for, 28.2 against). Vegas is 7-4-0 over that 11-game stretch.
  3. Chandler Stephenson had never had more than two assists in an NHL game before Sunday's win against Minnesota, when he assisted four of Vegas's six goals. He's the third player in Golden Knights history to get four or more assists in one game. The others are Mark Stone, who has done it three times (including a five-assist game), and Nate Schmidt.
  4. Robin Lehner is 5-13-5 with a 2.68 GAA, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 24 career games against the Bruins. He has not lost more than seven games to any other NHL team.
  5. The Bruins won their first five home games this season but they're 2-4-1 at TD Garden since then. This is the Bruins' worst seven-game stretch on home ice since the 2016-17 season, when they were 2-5-0 from December 8 through January 5.
  6. Linus Ullmark won the final two games on the Bruins' road trip, beating Edmonton (3-2) and Calgary (4-2) despite facing 43 and 42 shots on goal, respectively. Ullmark is the first Bruins goaltender since 1955-56 (when shots on goal were first officially recorded by the NHL) to win consecutive team games while facing more than 40 shots in each game.

The hot-handed Vegas Golden Knights will look to keep rolling as they begin a four-game road trip at the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Vegas has averaged nearly five goals a game in winning four of its last five games entering Tuesday's game.

On Sunday, the Golden Knights edged Minnesota 6-4 behind a pair of goals from Zach Whitecloud. Tied 4-4 early in the third period, Vegas rattled off two unanswered goals to secure an impressive win over the Central Division-leading Wild.

Mark Stone's power-play goal at 4:42 of the third broke the tie before Alex Pietrangelo put the game away with an empty-netter in the final minute. Robin Lehner earned the win in net despite stopping just 23 of 27 shots.

Chandler Stephenson contributed four assists in his first game back after missing Friday's game due to the death of his grandmother. Max Pacioretty and Stone each logged a pair of helpers.

"It was a big win," Stone said. "Obviously, Friday (a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia) wasn't our best. We had a chance to win that game, but we didn't have that killer instinct. (On Sunday), I don't think we let anything rattle us."

Lehner has faced the Bruins more than any other opponent in his career. The 30-year-old has a record of 5-13-5 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.67 goals-against average in 24 career games versus Boston.

Golden Knights backup goalie Laurent Brossoit is 0-2-0 with a .885 save percentage and a 3.59 goals-against average lifetime against the Bruins.

Boston finished its three-game Canadian road swing with back-to-back victories and has taken points in five straight games (3-0-2).

On Saturday, the Bruins earned a 4-2 win at Calgary behind a 40-save performance from veteran netminder Linus Ullmark. Brad Marchand netted his team-leading 11th goal early before Charlie McAvoy's second-period tally held up as the winner.

The Bruins will get their bench boss back on Tuesday after head coach Bruce Cassidy missed the team's last six games while in the league's COVID-19 protocol.

Without Cassidy, the Bruins treaded water with three wins in those six games (3-1-2).

"It's different, that's for sure. It took me back to when I was coaching in Providence, I'd watch all the Bruins' games," Cassidy said. "Predominately, they were doing their thing. They were in the soup in the heat of battle, so I wasn't going to bother them other than if I saw something obvious."

Although the Bruins got their coach back, two of their stars were not on the ice for practice on Monday. Veterans Marchand and Patrice Bergeron were given maintenance days, according to Cassidy.

Ullmark and defensemen Connor Clifton and John Moore also missed practice due to COVID-19 testing issues, but Cassidy was hopeful they would be ready for Tuesday's game.

Ullmark, who has allowed exactly two goals in each of his last five starts, has faced the Golden Knights just once in his career. He stopped 24 of 26 shots in a 4-2 win over Vegas as a member of the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 14, 2020.

Bruins rookie netminder Jeremy Swayman has never faced the Golden Knights.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 13, 2021

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