Talking Points: Marchand shut down again in Game 3
Erik Karlsson was once again the straw stirring the drink for the Senators as he finished with a pair of assists including the stretch pass for the overtime game-winner that took advantage of a Bruins line change. Karlsson also created the first goal of the game when he went tape-to-tape with Mike Hoffman on another home run stretch pass in the first period that kicked off the early scoring for Ottawa, and got things running for the Sens. Karlsson finished with two assists, a plus-1, five shots on net and eight shot attempts in 30:15 of ice time. He’s been the best player in this series and is the clear reason why the Bruins are down 2-1 after the first three games while he’s been taking over as the most dominant D-man in the NHL.
Brad Marchand finished with just a single shot on net in his 21:22 of ice time and took a cross-checking penalty in the second period that was admittedly a bit of a dive by Bobby Ryan in front of the Ottawa bench. Marchand has one goal in the series that was the game-winner in Game 1, but has been shut down in each of the last two games as Boston’s best player. He’s been keyed on by the Ottawa defense just as he was in the final few weeks of the season, and that led to a pretty ineffective game for the B’s agitator/MVP in Game 3. It’s no coincidence that Boston won the game that No. 63 scored and has lost each of the last two as he’s been kept off the board.
It was pretty clearly the weak sauce call in overtime by none other than Tim Peel. Riley Nash was clobbered into the boards while battling with a pair of Ottawa players, and had his head elbowed into the boards by Bobby Ryan as he was on his knees trying to get back to his feet. Nash took a shot at Ryan in retaliation and was whistled for roughing that eventually set up Ottawa for the PP game-winner in OT. It should have been either matching calls on Ryan and Nash as it had been on Marc Methot and Tim Schaller earlier in the game, or no call at all as it had been when Methot took a shot at the face of Brad Marchand. Instead Peel makes a weak sauce penalty call in overtime of a Stanley Cup playoff game on Nash and Ottawa predictably scores right afterward.
Derick Brassard is having himself a hell of a playoff series. The former New York Rangers center scored Ottawa’s second goal of the game attacking the net after Tommy Cross had lost his stick, and finished with a goal and two points in 19:28 of ice time. Brassard finished with a pair of shots on net, three hits, two takeaways, a blocked shot and a dominant 18-of-24 in the face-off circle as he battled pretty successfully with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci throughout the game. Brassard now has two goals and four points in three games for the Sens and has been a beast for them in each of the last two games that Ottawa has won. Clearly Karlsson has been Ottawa’s best player, but Brassard has been up there as well.
BY THE NUMBERS
29:07 – the ice time for Zdeno Chara, who continues to push around the 30-minute mark in playoff games that is going to take a toll on the 40-year-old quickly while playing at a playoff level of intensity.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I think it was pretty selfish of me, you know, you can’t make that play. [You] can’t put the refs in that position regardless of what happened before that, you’ve just got to [take it], and it’s pretty tough for the boys.” – An emotional Riley Nash talking about his roughing penalty in OT that led to Ottawa’s game-winning goal.