5 things we learned as Brad Marchand gives Bruins late win over Leafs

DJ Bean
January 16, 2016 - 4:58 pm
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The Bruins came a little too close to overtime in a game they should have won by several goals, but a late Brad Marchand tally mercifully saved the B'€™s some embarrassment. On a night in which the Bruins had only a pair of Patrice Bergeron goals despite having oodles of scoring chances in the first two periods, Marchand made a heads-up play in picking off a Maple Leafs clearing attempt with Jonathan Bernier out of the net and rifling the puck in with 47 seconds remaining to give Boston a 3-2 win. The goal was Marchand's first in 12 games, as he hadn't previously scored since Dec. 14. Minutes earlier, the game could have taken a much different turn. After Tuukka Rask gave the puck away to Tyler Bozak at the left circle, Torey Krug made the save of the game by taking to the net and stopping a P.A. Parenteau shot. The Bruins, now winners of two straight after stumbling on the road, will next play Tuesday night in their final regular-season meeting with the Canadiens. Here are four more things we learned Saturday: BERGERON PULLS EVEN WITH NEELY With a pair of goals, Bergeron brought his career point total to 590, which ties him with Cam Neely for ninth all-time in Bruins history. Of course, Neely got his 590 points over 525 games with the B'€™s, while Saturday'€™s game was the 784th of Bergeron'€™s NHL career and Bruins tenure. Up next for Bergeron on the all-time list is Terry O'€™Reilly, who had 606 points in his Bruins career. MARCHAND GOAL OVERTURNED What looked to be an earlier Marchand goal in the third period was overturned when a review confirmed that he was offsides when he and Bergeron entered the zone.

MORROW IN FOR COLIN MILLER Colin Miller handed the Sabres a goal in the first period Friday and was practically benched for the second period of that game as a result. As such, it wasn'€™t a huge surprise to see him scratched on Saturday. Miller sitting meant that Joe Morrow re-entered the lineup, but Morrow'€™s performance on a first-period Maple Leafs goal might get Miller back in the lineup by Tuesday. Morrow couldn'€™t get the puck out of the zone on a clearing attempt up the wall, and he was then unable to get to a rebound of a Leo Komarov shot before Komarov got to it himself to score Toronto'€™s first goal. David Pastrnak remained out for the B'€™s, making Saturday'€™s contest the third consecutive game he'€™s missed with an upper-body injury. With Colin Miller out and Morrow in, the Bruins'€™ lineup was as follows: Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson Vatrano-kemppainen-Hayes Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro Chara-Trotman Morrow-Seidenberg Krug-Kevan Miller PENALTY KILL STILL GOING STRONG The Bruins successfully killed off five penalties on Saturday, making Boston'€™s PK 82 for its last 87. Landon Ferraro had a couple of shorthanded chances, which provided the B'€™s with their only offensive zone time on special teams through the first two periods, as the B'€™s only power play of the game came at 7:19 of the third period. The Bruins didn'€™t score on that power play making them 1-for-7 on the man advantage over the last five games.
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