Talking Points: Weird night for Brad Marchand vs. Penguins
Conor Sheary finished with a goal and two points along with six shots on net in 17:37 of ice time along with a plus-1 rating, and the Melrose kid felt like he was in the middle of everything for the Penguins. He certainly was stoned a couple of times by Tuukka Rask on some five star saves, but then he broke through in the third period for a power play tap-in goal on a nice Brian Dumoulin setup that gave Pittsburgh their first lead of the evening. Sheary also nearly won it for the Penguins when he blew past Adam McQuaid in the final minute of the third period, but Rask bailed him out with an athletic leg pad save. The Bruins ended up tying the game, but Sheary played a major role in Pittsburgh’s win by using his speedy and scrappy approach to create offense for the Penguins.
Matt Murray wasn’t very good for the Penguins despite ending up as the winning goalie in this one, and I say this despite the Pittsburgh netminder making 41 saves in victory. He also was beaten on a Brad Marchand shot that he got a pretty good look at in the first period, and then misplayed a hand-off with Brian Dumoulin in the third period that led to David Pastrnak’s game-tying score and the game moving to overtime. Certainly Murray also made some good saves against the Bruins and ended up on top, but he also made some critical mistakes that nearly allowed the B’s to come into Pittsburgh and pull off the mild upset.
The Bruins flopped a bit in overtime against a highly skilled Penguins group before eventually falling, but they also needed a stupendous save from Tuukka Rask in the final minute of regulation just to get to the extra session. Conor Sheary entered with speed, completely turned around Adam McQuaid on his way to the net and then got a breakaway chance in a 3-3 game where both sides should have been playing conservatively for overtime. Somehow Tuukka Rask threw a leg pad stop at the Sheary bid to keep it out of the net, watching it hit the post and then Rask was able to cover it up and hold on for dear life in OT
A bit of a weird night for Brad Marchand, who scored his ninth goal of the season to open up the game and dominated for long stretches with a team-high 10 shots on net and 14 shot attempts. But Marchand also took a couple of minor penalties, and both of his penalties ended up leading to power play goals for the Penguins. The first was a head snap by Sidney Crosby that drew a high-sticking call, and the second play was an absolute embellishment by Trevor Daley on a minor shove to the back that sent the Pittsburgh D-man crashing head-first into the boards. Unfortunately the refs took the bait on both calls because it was Marchand as the offending player, and the Penguins got their high-powered PP on the ice far too much against Boston.
BY THE NUMBERS
1,300 – the number of career NHL regular season games played for Zdeno Chara after Wednesday night’s overtime loss in Pittsburgh. Chara has played 770 of those games with the Black and Gold after signing on with the B’s prior to the 2006-07 regular season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"When you look at the two teams we played, 3 points on the road. . . that's a good road trip." – Claude Julien, to reporters in Pittsburgh following the overtime loss to the Penguins.