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5 things we learned: Brad Marchand hits 30, Torey Krug hurt, Bruins get rare win vs. Western Conference playoff team

DJ Bean
February 20, 2016 - 6:10 pm
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The Bruins finished their six-game road trip in rare fashion, making a big comeback and defeating a Western Conference playoff team. After a pair of first-period reviews worked against the Bruins, the B'€™s entered the second period facing a 3-1 deficit against the Stars. Six straight goals changed that and gave Boston a 7-3 victory. The Bruins erased Dallas'€™ lead in the middle period with three second-period goals, including Brad Marchand'€™s second of the night and career-high 30th of the season. The B'€™s added to that lead with third-period goals from David Krejci, Brett Connolly and Matt Beleskey. In assisting Connolly's goal (an empty-netter), Patrice Bergeron registered his 600th NHL point. There was one injury concern to emerge from the game, however, as a hit from Jason Demers forced Torey Krug to leave the game with what looked to be an injury somewhere along his right arm. Krug was tended to by trainer Don DelNegro before leaving the game. The Bruins were without the services of Ryan Spooner, who missed Saturday'€™s game due to illness. Spooner had played in each of the Bruins'€™ first 58 games, leaving Loui Eriksson as the only Bruin to play in each game so far this season. The Bruins win was just Boston'€™s second against a Western Conference playoff team, as they are now 2-8-0 against such clubs this season. The B's went 4-2-0 on the road trip and will next play Monday, when they host the Blue Jackets at TD Garden. Here are four more things we learned Saturday: MARCHAND HITS 30, ERIKSSON REMAINS HOT After finally getting to 30 goals, Marchand can set his sights on the next plateau. There are 23 games for Marchand to get to 40, and his current pace suggests he'€™ll get to 43. Again, he'€™s eligible to sign a new contract this summer. It will be interesting to see if the Bruins pay him big in July or wait another season in hopes that his numbers level off and so too does his price. Marchand wasn'€™t the only player to keep up his scoring, as Eriksson'€™s second-period goal means he finished the road trip with goals in five of six games. Eriksson now has 21 goals on the season. Also, Marchand did this:

CHARA BOUNCES BACK Much had been made about Zdeno Chara being on the ice for a bunch of goals against of late, but the Bruins' captain bounced back Saturday in a pretty difficult assignment. Matched up against Dallas' top line, Chara held Tyler Seguin without a shot on goal. Seguin's only shot on goal in the game came on his first shift, when Chara was not on the ice. Chara, who was paired with Kevan Miller, also finished with positive possession numbers against Seguin's line and had a pair of assists. REVIEWS NOT KIND TO B'€™S  Well, the Bruins were 1-for-3, anyway. Claude Julien lost his challenge and the Bruins allowed a pair of goals during a span of 44 seconds of gameplay that lasted several minutes. First, an Antoine Roussel goal was upheld after the Bruins contended that he interfered with Tuukka Rask off Johnnny Oduya'€™s point shot. The goal stuck, costing the B'€™s their challenge. Forty four seconds later, Rask got a glove on a Patrick Sharp breakaway bid, though the trickling puck was millimeters from making its way into the net before Rask swept it away from the goal line. Adam McQuaid, who was also trying to knock the puck away, pushed the net off its moorings as the puck bounced off his skate and over the goal line. The play was ruled a goal because Rule 63.3 stipulates that a goal can be awarded when the net is knocked off prior to the puck crossing the line regardless of whether the net was knocked off intentionally. The one review that did work out in Boston'€™s favor came on Eriksson'€™s goal. Though Eriksson kicked the puck off a feed from David Krejci, Kari Lehtonen actually made the save before Eriksson whacked it through. The officials overturned the call on the ice of no-goal, giving Boston the tally and making it 4-3 in the Bruins'€™ favor. POWER PLAY WAKES UP The Bruins entered Saturday'€™s game just 3-for-49 on the power play over their last 19 games. Playing without their regular half-wall man in Spooner, the odds didn'€™t appear in their favor to snap out of it. The B'€™s did just that, however, getting goals from both their first and second power play units. Marchand scored through a Jimmy Hayes screen from the left circle during a second-period man advantage, while David Krejci scored from the top of the zone during a third-period power play to increase Boston'€™s lead to two goals. Beleskey scored on the man advantage in the final minute of the game.
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