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Marchand's overtime goal gives Bruins 2-1 victory over Flames

Marchand's overtime goal gives Bruins 2-1 victory over Flames

CALGARY, Alberta -- After a blip in Vancouver, the Boston Bruins got right back to business.

Brad Marchand scored his 22nd goal 3:36 into overtime to give Boston a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday, less than 48 hours after the Bruins lost 6-1 to the Canucks.

"We ran into a hot goalie in Vancouver. Their goalie played great tonight, but we were resilient," Marchand said. "We were much better in the defensive zone and had a better game overall."

David Pastrnak also scored for Boston (36-13-8), which moved within one point of Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The Bruins, who are 12-1-2 in their last 15 road games, have two games in hand on the Lightning.

Boston has lost only three times in regulation in the last 28 games (21-3-4).

"It starts at the top with leadership, and just having that constant belief we can do it, we can get the job done regardless of who we're playing against," Riley Nash said.

After TJ Brodie's turnover deep in the Flames end, Nash's pass sprung Marchand on a breakaway and he made no mistake, slipping the puck through the pads of rookie goaltender David Rittich for the ninth overtime goal of his career.

"(Nash) made a phenomenal defensive play," Marchand said. "I knew that they had three guys low and I just tried to get out of the zone. He made a great play to get it up."

Brodie accepted the blame.

"Tonight was on me," the Calgary defenseman said. "I tried to pass to Johnny (Gaudreau). I could have passed it to (Sean Monahan), I could have shot it. It's one of those things that looking back now, I definitely could have done something different."

Matthew Tkachuk scored for the Flames (30-21-9), who fell to 1-3-4 in their last eight home games. They began the day one point out of third place in the Pacific Division.

"It's like any slump - the harder you try, the more you grip the stick, the worse it is," Brodie said. "It's not like we've been playing bad at home. We've gotten chances. It's just one of those things where a bounce here and there, we could be talking about the same record as the road."

With the teams meeting for the second time in six days, Calgary was territorially outplayed by a wide margin in the first period but Rittich kept the Flames in it.

Calgary tied it 1-all at 5:28 of the second, scoring on the power play. Monahan's shot was stopped by Tuukka Rask, but as the puck lied at the feet of Zdeno Chara in the crease, Tkachuk knocked in his 22nd goal.

Rittich was starting his fourth game in a row, with veteran Mike Smith (lower body) still sidelined. Rittich was pulled Saturday night after giving up four goals on 15 shots.

"Huge bounce-back for Rittich," Flames coach Glen Gulutzan said. "That team is a hard team to beat. You look across the league, not many teams are beating them. You can't really beat them without goaltending and we got it tonight and it gave us a chance."

The 25-year-old Czech goalie was especially sharp in keeping the score even at 1.

A minute after Calgary tied it, Rittich slid across the crease to get a glove on Marchand's backhand out of midair after he was set up by Patrice Bergeron.

Late in the second, Rittich stabbed out his glove to rob Ryan Spooner on a breakaway. In the third, the goalie stared down Pastrnak on a breakaway and acrobatically got the toe of his left pad on a dangerous chance.

Rittich finished with 30 stops but fell to 6-3-3.

"It's frustrating," said Tkachuk, who has 14 goals in his last 22 games. "They're a really good team. Didn't give us many chances at all. The ones that we did get, we've got to capitalize."

Rask also was coming off a shortened outing in his previous start, pulled after giving up four goals on eight shots in the first period against Vancouver.

This time, he made 28 saves to improve to 24-10-4.

Boston struck first at 5:59 when Michael Frolik coughed up the puck along the sideboards in his own end and Pastrnak pounced on it, quickly firing a shot past Rittich on his blocker side.

NOTES: Flames D Travis Hamonic played in his 500th career game. ... Calgary LW Morgan Klimchuk, drafted in 2013, made his NHL debut on a line with C Matt Stajanand RW Curtis Lazar. Every player selected in the first round of that draft has now played an NHL game. ... The Bruins improved to 9-1-3 in their last 13 games against Calgary. ... Boston is 23-1-5 when scoring first.

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Bruins: Tuesday night at Edmonton.

Flames: Wednesday night at Vegas

Talking Points from the B's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights

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Talking Points from the B's 3-2 win over the Golden Knights

Here are my Talking Points from another dramatic Bruins win that had most of its thrills while most of us in Boston slept . . .

GOLD STAR: David Backes responded to the physicality that the Golden Knights were throwing at the Bruins during the game, and then he responded when he was a surprising choice deep in the shootout against Vegas. Backes scored on a straight wrist shot against Marc-Andre Fleury to secure Boston’s seventh win in a row, and responded to the challenge as perhaps an unlikely choice in the shootout. Backes also finished with five shot attempts, four hits and a blocked shot in 12:31 of ice time along with 3-of-4 face-off wins in a solid all-around game for the veteran. Backes got the winner in the sixth round of the shootout.  

BLACK EYE: It was not a great night for Noel Acciari, who finished a minus-1 with just a couple of hits in 16:34 of ice time. Normally Acciari is more of a physical presence for the Bruins, but it wasn’t as much the case on Wednesday night with Chris Wagner and David Backes really bringing the physicality for the Black and Gold. In addition he just had a single shot on net and lost 5-of-7 draws in the face-off circle in an overall blah game for the fourth line energy player. All’s well that ends well obviously for a Bruins team that ended up taking the decision in the shootout, but the fourth liner has been better most nights this season

TURNING POINT: Credit Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy for going the unconventional route in the shootout and choosing David Backes after Marc-Andre Fleury had turned aside shot attempts from guys like Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Most of the Bruins players were trying to attack MAF with a speedy attack that didn’t have much luck, and Backes seemed to change all of that up. He skated toward the net at his own pace and then snapped a wrist shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for the game-winner to secure the two points for the Bruins.

🏒BRUINS TRADE FOR CHARLIE COYLE

HONORABLE MENTION: So that’s goals in five straight games for Jake DeBrusk, who is very clearly feeling it confidence-wise right now. He took a David Krejci pass from the sideboards, spun off Shea Theodore in the slot and then roofed a shot past Fleury for his 19th goal of the season. DeBrusk is now one goal short of putting up 20 goals for the first time in his career, and has two shots on net in five-plus minutes of ice time while working pretty well together with his usual trigger man in Krejci and the hard-working Karson Kuhlman on the other wing. DeBrusk then scored again in the shootout with a nasty shot off the post, though his score was cancelled out when William Karlsson scored at the other end for Vegas.

🏒BRUINS 3, GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 (SO)

BY THE NUMBERS: 12 – the number of consecutive games where the Bruins have points as they continue to roll and climb up in the playoff standings while heating up at the right time of year.  

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It was one of those games where it’s getting around that time, and getting toward the trade deadline. So it’s time to pick it up.” –Jake DeBrusk to NBCSN, on the playoff vibe around a 3-2 shootout win over Vegas. 

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Highlights from Bruins' 3-2 shootout win over Golden Knights

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Highlights from Bruins' 3-2 shootout win over Golden Knights

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Golden Knights 2 (SO)

IN BRIEF: David Backes scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout to deliver the Bruins their seventh straight win, and fourth straight win of this five-game road trip that started in Southern California and concludes this weekend in St. Louis.

BOX SCORE 

BRUINS RECORD: 36-17-8 (80 points), 2nd in Atlantic Division

FROM JOE HAGGERTY:

So that’s goals in five straight games for Jake DeBrusk, who is very clearly feeling it confidence-wise right now. He took a David Krejci pass from the sideboards, spun off Shea Theodore in the slot and then roofed a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for his 19th goal of the season. DeBrusk is now one goal short of putting up 20 goals for the first time in his career, and has two shots on net in five plus minutes of ice time while working pretty well together with his usual trigger man in Krejci along with the hard-working Karson Kuhlman on the other wing.

Danton Heinen had four shots on net in the second period alone after the Bruins as a team had only six shots on net in the first period. Heinen continues to be active and in the middle of everything offensively for the Black and Gold while skating with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron on Boston’s top line. It was Heinen that carried the puck into the offensive zone and threw a cross-ice pass to Brad Marchand for a top corner blast from the slot for a go-ahead goal in the third period. 

It was a pretty clean game for the Bruins, with just a tripping penalty for Heinen in the first period. Otherwise, there were a couple of chances for Boston’s vaunted power play without it actually leading to any offense for the Bruins. In fact, the Bruins had just one shot on net in three power play chances against the Golden Knights, and that’s been a big part of Vegas holding down Boston’s offense to this point.

⬇️ HIGHLIGHTS ⬇️

DEBRUSK STRIKES AGAIN

HALAK STANDS TALL

MARCHAND LETS IT RIP

BACKES' SHOOTOUT WINNER

UP NEXT
SATURDAY: at St. Louis, 4 p.m. (NESN)
TUESDAY: vs San Jose, 7 p.m. (NESN)

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