Talking Points: Marchand takes a head-shot, then plays heads-up


Talking Points: Marchand takes a head-shot, then plays heads-up


It looked like Brad Marchand might be down and out after taking a check to the head in the first period from Ivan Provorov, but instead, the Bruins left winger appeared to get angry and use that to his advantage in the second period. Marchand set up David Pastrnak’s goal with a clever pass after gaining control of the face-off in the offensive zone, and then Marchand himself scored to cap things off after taking in a high-to-low pass from Charlie McAvoy. Marchand finished with a goal and two points, a plus-2 rating, three shot attempts, two hits and three takeaways in a pretty full afternoon that started with bouncing back from a punishing high hit early in the game. That’s the kind of toughness that wins games and makes players into leaders out on the ice.


Shayne Gostisbehere used to be the “it” defenseman for the Flyers a couple of years ago as a high-flying rookie and he's actually been pretty good for them this season. But the Flyers blueliner had a disappointing effort against the Bruins on Saturday. Sure Ghost played 24:35 of ice time and he managed to get out of the game without being on the ice for any goals against, but he also played some very undisciplined, selfish hockey at times. It was Gostisbehere that took an ill-advised cross-check on Marchand while the Flyers were on the power play and completely wiped out their man-advantage opportunity. He also missed the net with seven of his 10 shot attempts while sticking mostly to the perimeter with his offensive forays.


The Bruins were actually outshot 10-8 in the second period, and it looked like the Flyers might be crawling back into the game when they appeared to score a last-minute, power-play goal at the end of the period. But Wayne Simmonds and his elbow made contact with Tuukka Rask’s helmet as the Claude Giroux shot made it to the net and the officials upheld a Bruins coach’s challenge for goalie interference after reviewing the video. That wiped the goal off the board and pretty much took all the wind out of their sails at a time when the Flyers really needed a break. It was game over once that was all done.


The Bruins were actually outshot 20-12 in the final two periods but it didn’t matter because their defense was working quite well in tandem with a comfortable, confident Rask. The Bruins goalie was aided by a coach’s challenge at the end of the second period, but also played a very strong game while stopping all 28 shots he faced. There weren’t many spectacular saves in the strong defensive performance, but Rask kept things quiet and harmless while controlling the rebounds and playing his angles perfectly. It was appropriate that it turned out to be Rask’s first shutout of the season and his second win in a row to improve to 5-8-2 on the season.


1 – the first goal of the season for Ryan Spooner kicked things off in the first period as he used his speed to separate from the defense and put a couple of filthy moves on Brian Elliott before easily scoring.  


“I think I’m probably watching too much Game of Thrones.” –A smiling David Pastrnak, when asked about the sheathing the sword goal celebration after scoring his 13th in the second period. 


Bergeron leaves Air Canada Centre in walking boot

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Bergeron leaves Air Canada Centre in walking boot

Patrice Bergeron's importance is known to everyone who follows hockey in New England.

He has led the team in both ends this season, and many before.

So you can understand why many Bruins fans are holding their breath after finding out he left the Air Canada Centre in a walking boot.

Obviously, there is no word yet as to the extent of an injury.

Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald suggests the injury make have taken place when Bergeron was hit with a puck in the second period.


Bruins lose 4-3 heartbreaker to Leafs

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Bruins lose 4-3 heartbreaker to Leafs

TORONTO – In a tight game all the way through, the Bruins ended up falling a little short in their parting game with the Leafs before the playoffs.

Ron Hainsey scored in the final couple of minutes in the third period on a long distance shot from the point where it appeared that Zach Hyman interfered with Tuukka Rask in front of the net. But the refs overruled the goalie interference challenge from the B’s, and the Maple Leafs came away with a 4-3 win at the Air Canada Centre.

The Leafs took three of four games against the B’s in the regular season series, and won all three without the services of Auston Matthews.  

The Bruins and Leafs traded goals through the first couple of periods in true back-and-forth fashion between the Atlantic Division rivals. Brad Marchand got the B’s on the board first when he sniped one past Frederik Andersen while left all alone in the high slot with all day to shoot, and then a minute later Mitch Marner scorched one past Tuukka Rask from the left face-off circle.

It was Toronto that got a quick lead on the Bruins later in the first when Kadri popped home an open PP chance after a nifty tipped JVR pass from the net-front, and then the Bruins responded again less than five minutes later. It was Marchand again this time in tight close to the net with a filthy finish under the bar after a slick backhanded dish from David Pastrnak below the goal line.

Jake DeBrusk put the Bruins out on top again in the second period when he out-skated JVR to the front of the Toronto net to redirect a Ryan Spooner pass beyond Andersen for his 12thgoal of the season. Once again the Maple Leafs power play got the equalizer in the final minute of the second period when Kadri rocketed home a shot from the high slot after playing give-and-go with Marner at the top of the PP formation.