GOLD STAR: Brad Marchand gets the ultimate prize with his overtime game-winner after Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug pulled off something akin to a three-man weave in the offensive zone during 3-on-3 overtime. Ultimately it was Marchand ripping the shot from the high point with Bergeron parking in front of the net at just the right time, and that gave the Bruins the full two points after a gritty effort. Marchand also picked up an assist on the second period goal for the Bruins as well, so he finished with a goal, two points, a plus-1 rating, six shot attempts, three hits and three takeaways in 18:52 of action-packed ice time. He wasn’t a dominant force, but he made the plays that ultimately decided the game in favor of Boston.
BLACK EYE: It was a pretty ho-hum night for old friend Carl Soderberg, who managed just a couple of shots on net in 19:56 of ice time manning the middle for the Avalanche. Soderberg didn’t factor in much of anything offensively for Colorado and was pretty much a bystander in all phases of the game aside from winning 6-of-10 face-offs for the Avalanche. It’s actually been a very good season for the Big Swede in Colorado after signing the big contract a few years ago, but Soderberg didn’t bring much to the table against his old Bruins team.
TURNING POINT: Overtime hasn’t always been a strong point for the Bruins this season, but they controlled play in the 4-on-4 session before pulling out the win. Things ended with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Torey Krug dominating in the offensive zone against the tired Avalanche defenders, and making pass after pass after pass while cycling high in the zone before Marchand decided to attack the net with a shot. The Bruins outshot the Avalanche by a 4-2 margin in the overtime session and looked like the team putting in that little bit extra to take home the win.
HONORABLE MENTION: John Moore played one of his best games of the season for the Bruins while scoring the only B’s goal in regulation, and playing a solid brand of defense otherwise for the Black and Gold. Moore finished with the goal, a plus-1 rating in 18:24 of ice time, three shots on net, six shot attempts and a hit. He also almost had another goal later in the game when he dumped a puck into the offensive zone that took a bounce off the stanchion right past the benches, and then rocketed into the net past Semyon Varlamov. The goal was waved off because it was caused by the curved glass, but it kind of proved that bounces were going Moore’s way in this one.
BY THE NUMBERS: 12 – the home winless streak for the Bruins against the Avalanche that was snapped on Sunday afternoon, a string of futility that had lasted since Boston had a 4-1 win on March 30, 1998. Boy that is a long time.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Goalies are judged by their wins and losses, right? So, you don’t have one for a while or not enough of them...I would assume you get in your own head a little bit sometimes when you start questioning probably every goal that goes in. Tonight he was good value for us.” –Bruce Cassidy, on goalie Jaroslav Halak getting a win on Sunday after struggling as of late for the Bruins.
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