Shots on Goal: Avs Blank Bruins 4-0
The Colorado Avalanche have had the Bruins number on Garden ice since Mach 30, 1998, 11-0-1, and that trend continued in Monday afternoon’s matinee.
Nail Yakupov scored twice while Semyon Valamov halted 29 shots as the Avs handed Boston their first loss of the season, 4-0.
Valamov, who missed 40 games last season due to double hip surgery, improved his record to 2-0.
“It’s a good start for me. I didn’t play for a long time,” Varlomov said. “Came back and started the season with two wins. It brings confidence to the team. I thought we played a very solid game.”
Colorado jumped out to an early lead at 4:41 of the first when Tuukka Rask was unable to catch up to a Sven Andrighetto shot that glanced off his glove and into the net.
Later that period, former Bruin Carl Soderberg came back to haunt his old team with a short-handed goal to double the lead to 2-0.
Boston’s best chance to cut the lead came in the second frame when David Pastrnak swung behind the net and tried to stuff one past Varlomov’s left pad. Varlomov held on to enough of it to keep it from going over the goal line. After a quick review, the call was upheld, no goal.
The Avalanche extended their lead to 3-0 on a strange play that saw Tuukka Rask race into the right corner to play the puck but Yakupov was there first and dropped it into an empty net.
By this time the crowd had seen enough and started chanting “Let’s Go Red Sox!” who were playing up the road in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros.
Yakupov finished the day off with an empty-netter in the final second of the game.
Tuukka Rask finished the game with 19 saves.
Boston has a chance to redeem themselves very quickly as this was the front end of a home and home series with Colorado. The two teams take to the ice again Wednesday night.