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Bruins 4, Flyers 1

There’s just no stopping the Bruins, especially at home

Tomas Nosek's shot beat Flyers goalie Carter Hart in the second period, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Black-and-Gold tide, surging toward tsunami level, rolled along Thursday night at the Garden, the Bruins tagging a 4-1 loss on the Flyers and improving their season-opening mark on Causeway Street to a franchise-record 10-0-0.

Tomas Nosek, Jake DeBrusk, and David Krejci (2) scored for the Bruins, and Linus Ullmark, the NHL’s top goalie (12-1-0) in the first quarter, turned back 22 shots.

Back at work on Saturday night vs. the Blackhawks at the Garden, the Bruins will have a chance to equal the league record of 11 straight season-opening wins on home ice. The mark is held by the 1963-64 Black Hawks and last season’s Panthers.


The win, their fifth straight overall, also improved the Bruins’ league-best mark to 15-2-0. Nick Foligno tacked on helpers on two of the goals, boosting the veteran’s total to 300 assists.

“It’s hard to win one game,” noted Krejci, who returned to the lineup this season after spending 2021-22 playing before friends and family back home in Czechia. “But 17 games and 15 wins, that’s crazy. Nobody expected that.”

David Krejci, who scored a pair of goals, celebrates the win with Linus Ullmark.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Nosek’s goal, at 11:25 of the second, again put the Bruins out in front for good. In their 10 games on home ice, they have accumulated a commanding 23:1 advantage in lead time that now stands at 345:67 vs. a paltry 15:12 for their opponents.

This is not a typo, and contrary to rumors knocking around the old West End, the Garden ice is not tilted.

In their 10 home games, the Bruins also have outscored opponents, 40-17. Repeatedly, they score first, rarely trail, and just keep winning.

“I think it allows us to continue to play with confidence,” said coach Jim Montgomery, the early leader for the Jack Adams Award as the league’s top bench boss. “Once you are in the lead, you want to keep playing, holding on to pucks. The more you hold on to pucks and the lead, the more other teams get out of position and really try to cheat toward trying to pressure mistakes high.”


In their last half-dozen games on home ice, the Bruins have allowed only seven goals.

Nosek’s goal, only his second of the season, was the only strike in the first two periods, despite the Bruins rolling up a 22-12 shot advantage across the opening 40 minutes. His goal into an empty net Sunday was his first this season, and first since January. Now he has strikes in back-to-back games and 4 points over his last four games.

“I was happy to put it in,” said the subdued Nosek, who signed as a free agent prior to last season. “I feel a goal scorer’s happiness.”

It was Foligno’s charge on the right side that pulled Flyers goalie Carter Hart out of the net, and Foligno responded by maintaining puck possession, wheeling behind the goal line, and then dishing out from the opposite side when Hart was still in Moe-Larry-the-cheese scramble mode.

Nosek’s goal also marked the 11th time in their 17 games that the Bruins opened the scoring. The only repeat first scorers have been David Pastrnak and DeBrusk, each with a pair.

Tomas Nosek, who scored a goal of his own Thursday night, found the net in more ways than one -- here, he's checked into Philadelphia goaltender Carter Hart late in the third period. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The Bruins were slow to get their shooting game going and it was the Flyers, despite their low shot total, who had the far better scoring chances early in the first period.


“I think it was a product of us not having played in three days,” said Montgomery, noting that he felt the slow start was rooted in a rare respite this season. “That’s the longest we’ve gone this year since we started. I think our guys were too excited to play. We had good puck movement, but we were skating out of position.”

By the 11:00 mark in the first, the Flyers had seven shots, and if not for an alert, airtight Ullmark, the Broad Streeters might have had a 2-0 or 3-0 lead. But after Travis Konecny was turned back on two doorstep chances near the 10:45 mark, the Flyers landed but five shots on net for nearly the next 30 minutes.

The Bruins then put it away by scoring three of the four goals in the third period. Owen Tippett briefly pulled the Flyers to within a goal at 2-1, but Krejci was back only 16 seconds later to boost the lead back to two goals and dash any idea the Flyers had of preventing their losing streak from reaching five games.

Foligno, long the captain of the Blue Jackets, recalled that he played on a Columbus club that won 16 in a row.

“But this feels different, I’ll say that,” said Foligno. “The depth, the focus. We’re a confident but not cocky group. I think sometimes your habits slip [during long win streaks]. Here, it’s a little different. It’s different ways of winning every night, different guys stepping up, a different attitude. There’s an expectation we’re going to win, but there’s an understanding of how we are going to do that.”


Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at kevin.dupont@globe.com.