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Bruins 3, Red Wings 2: Comebacks are easy when you have two All-Star wings

Ty Anderson
December 14, 2017 - 5:12 am

Are the Bruins ever truly out of a game? So long as all-world wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are next to Patrice Bergeron on the first line, the answer is a resounding no, as Wednesday’s 3-2 comeback victory over the Red Wings confirmed.

In a game with self-inflicted wounds -- the Red Wings scored their power-play goal off a bogus call against Bergeron and scored their second goal when Pastrnak misread a shorthanded odd-man rush, which allowed Dylan Larkin to score on a breakaway -- the Bruins found their chance with just two and a half minutes left in the third period.

It was then, with an offensive zone faceoff, that Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy opted to call his timeout and give the puck-dominating Bergeron line a chance at redemption.

Bergeron won the draw against the Wings’ Frans Nielsen, and on the Bruins pressed.

But it wasn’t until a masterful feed from Marchand, who after the victory admitted that he actually wanted to shoot more than he wanted to pass, made it through four Detroit skaters and to Pastrnak that the Bruins finally capitalized on their 6-on-5 advantage.

I really don’t have to explain why a game-tying goal scored with just 1:26 left is important. But to pull this goal off through that Detroit traffic, and with the Red Wings to that point doing a seemingly good enough job to limit the B’s prime chances, is a straight-up thing of beauty. Especially, again, from a shoot-first player like No. 63.

But Marchand got his chance to shoot in overtime.

Able to use Red Wings defenseman Mike Green to his advantage on a drive towards the Detroit net, Marchand went and sniped the absolute top corner of Jimmy Howard’s net for the game-winning goal just 35 seconds into the extra frame.

In less than two minutes, you saw the two reasons (if not more) why the Black and Gold are in a ridiculously good position on a nightly basis, especially when on the same line (a situation that causes absolute mismatches without fail). These are two elite scorers living up to their contract and performing on an incredibly consistent basis.

Since returning from the injury that knocked him out of eight of 10 games prior to his return, the 5-foot-9 Marchand has recorded four goals and 10 points in six games, giving him 12 goals and 25 points in just 20 games this season. Going back over the last two-plus seasons, too, Marchand has scored the sixth-most goals in the NHL, at 88. All five players above him in this category -- Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov, Sidney Crosby, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Alex Ovechkin -- have played at least five more games than Marchand, too. It’s also worth mentioning that Marchand is an all-situation threat.

Pastrnak, meanwhile, has continued from where he left off a career-year ago. There has been no dip from the 36-goal, 70-point output Pastrnak had a season ago, and his current pace -- with 15 goals and 28 points through 28 games this season -- is setting him up for a 45-goal, 80-point year this time around.

And when you have that kind of production, no deficit seems too steep. 

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