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Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark makes a save against Calgary Flames’ Blake Coleman during the first period of an NHL game Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Calgary, Alberta. Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP

CALGARY, Alberta — Linus Ullmark made 40 saves and Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Saturday night.

Ullmark has given up two or fewer goals in each of his last five starts, winning four of those games. He improves to 7-5-0.

Charlie McAvoy, Curtis Lazar and Connor Clifton, making his first of the season, also scored for Boston. The Bruins have earned points in five straight games (3-0-2) and have gone seven consecutive games on the road (6-0-1) without a regulation loss. Boston took five of six points on its western Canada trip.

Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan scored for Calgary, which is winless in four games. Rasmus Andersson had two assists. Jacob Markstrom had 23 saves in the loss. He drops to 10-6-5.

Ullmark was the story for Boston — from the opening puck drop.

After stopping all 15 shots he faced in the first period as the Bruins took the lead, he had to made five saves — including dangerous chances from in close by Andrew Mangiapane and Milan Lucic — on an early second-period Flames power play that kept it 1-0.

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The Bruins took control shortly after, surging in front 3-0 on goals 56 seconds apart from Marchand and McAvoy.

At 5:52, David Pastrnak gained the Flames zone, hung onto the puck as he curled back to get some separation from Andersson before getting a shot away that Marchand deftly struck out of the air and over Markstrom’s glove.

McAvoy made it 3-0 when he slid in from the point undetected and used Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov as a screen to pick the top corner.

The Flames cut the deficit to two at 12:19 of the second on the power play. Tkachuk got the puck at the top of the crease after Andersson’s point shot didn’t get through and flipped it into the net for his 12th goal.

Tkachuk’s goal snapped an 0-for-15 Calgary drought on the man-advantage.

Boston restored its two-goal cushion three minutes into the third when Markstrom couldn’t control the rebound from Trent Frederic’s original shot and seconds later, Lazar knocked the puck in for his second of the season.

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Lazar was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch last game.

It remained 4-1 until Monahan scored with 1:36 left in the third.

Calgary outshot Boston 15-7 in the first period, but against the flow of play, the Bruins got the only goal off an innocent-looking rush with just over two minutes remaining.

After jumping into the attack and getting the puck as he skated down the side, Clifton sent a rising wrist shot from a sharp angle that eluded the glove of Markstrom.

NOTES: The Flames lost in regulation against an Eastern Conference opponent for just the second time (12-2-3). … Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo (lower body) missed his second game.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday.

Flames: At Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.


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