Brad Marchand

5 things we learned as Brad Marchand penalty shot gives Bruins win over Sabres

DJ Bean
February 06, 2016 - 4:51 pm

It appeared Brad Marchand'€™s goal-per-game pace of late would finally be slowed when the Bruins went to overtime without against the Sabres Saturday without a tally from their leading goal scorer. Then, with 2:28 remaining in the 3-on-3 session, Marchand was inexplicably awarded a penalty shot on which he converted to give the Bruins a 2-1 overtime victory over the Sabres. The goal was Marchand'€™s 24th goal of the season and ninth in as many games. With the win, the Bruins now have points in all three games since returning from the All-Star break (2-0-1). The Sabres had plenty of reason to be miffed with the result of the game. Rasmus Ristolainen was called for a slash that gave Marchand the penalty shot, though it seemed clear enough that Marchand knocked the stick out of Ristolainen's hands. The Bruins will next play Monday, when they host the Kings in Boston'€™s last home game before a six-game road trip. Here are four more things we learned Saturday: ERIKSSON SNAPS OUT OF SCORING DROUGHT Loui Eriksson had gone nine games without a goal entering Saturday, but he stopped his skid with a first-period tally. Eriksson'€™s goal came as a result of a heads up play by David Krejci, who intercepted a Cody Franson pass and fed the puck to David Pastrnak at the left circle. Pastrnak executed a perfect slap pass down low to Eriksson, who had the entire net and plenty of time to work with as he put the puck in for his 16th goal of the season. Speaking of that Krejci line, Pastrnak was leaps and bounds better Saturday than he was in Boston'€™s first two games back from the All-Star break. In addition to playing better with the puck and assisting Eriksson'€™s goal, Pastrnak came an inch away from a huge third-period goal, as his bid rang iron. CONNOLLY DROUGHT REACHES NEW LOW You would think things couldn'€™t go much worse in the goal-scoring department. You would be wrong. Connolly, who has scored just once on a goaltender over his last 28 games, blew a couple of chances Saturday night, the first of which saw him miss the net on a redirection. To be fair, that happens with players every game. This, however, does not.

MORROW IN FOR COLIN MILLER Colin Miller was made a healthy scratch as Joe Morrow entered the lineup after sitting out the previous four games. Morrow skated on the second pairing, moving Dennis Seidenberg to the right side. He also played the point on the second power play unit in place of Colin Miller. With Morrow in, the lineup was as such: Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly Eriksson-Krejci-Pastrnak Beleskey-Spooner-Hayes Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro Chara-Trotman Morrow-Seidenberg Krug-Kevan Miller Rask POWER PLAY REMAINS SILENT The Bruins were 0-for-2 on the man advantage Saturday, making them just 2 for their last 29 over their last 10 games.