Talking Points: Marchand scores key goal to send game to overtime
Brad Marchand came to play in this one. He was buzzing around the front of the net all night, scored a pair of goals on second and third chance opportunities and snapped home a hugely important score in the third period to at least send the game into overtime. Marchand finished with the two goals along with a plus-1 rating in 19:49 of ice time, fired five shots on net, nine shot attempts and a hit, blocked shot and takeaway in a full night of work. There were other players getting to the front of the net aside from No. 63, but it was one of Boston’s best, smallest players that was leading the way to pay the price in and around the dirty areas.
Gustav Nyquist finished with an assist and was a plus-2 on the night, but he was pretty much a ghost for the 60-plus minute hockey game considering Detroit needed more from him while missing Thomas Vanek and Dylan Larkin. Nyquist didn’t have a shot on net and had a couple of giveaways in 15:42 of ice time, and didn’t appear to have his good skating legs as the Red Wings looked for forwards that could handle the offensive load against Boston. Tomas Tatar, Mike Green and Andreas Athanasiou all got the job done and did enough to deliver two points for Detroit, but they were missing a guy in Nyquist that they probably needed.
For the Bruins it was getting off the mat in the third period after things got away from them in the middle 20 minutes. A soft goal allowed by Tuukka Rask in the second period put them at a deficit in the game for the first time, and certainly had the Bruins doubting themselves again amidst an awful four game losing streak. But they instead went right back to work, outshot the Red Wings 14-8 in the third period while getting the hard-working rebound goal to tie things up from Brad Marchand and then pushed for the overtime where they took an evenly played 3-on-3. The win doesn’t come if they don’t show some character in the third period, however, and that’s exactly what they did.
Got to give it to David Pastrnak, who snapped a 17-game goal-scoring drought with a sizzling one-timer in the overtime session to give the Bruins the victory. It was the longest slump of Pastrnak’s young NHL career, but it finally gave way to his career-high 20th goal of the season and a whole lot of celebrating for a much-needed win. Pastrnak played a high-risk, fast-paced game throughout and finished with a goal and two points, a plus-2 rating and eight shot attempts in 19:05 of active ice time. The hope from the B’s end of things is that Pastrnak’s game-winning score snaps him into another scoring binge once the club gets through the All-Star break this weekend.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – the number of goals this season for Kevan Miller after scoring on a shot he wired through a Jimmy Hayes screen in the first period to put the B’s on the board. It was Miller’s first goal in a 41-game span dating back to Feb. 28 last season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“You always want to end these losing streaks and get an easy game, an easy win. But a lot of times it doesn’t happen [that way] and today was a great example of that. We got rewarded in the end and that’s all that matters.” –Tuukka Rask on the B’s snapping a four-game losing streak, and him personally bouncing back from a soft goal allowed in the second period.