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Talking Points from the Bruins' 2-1 overtime win vs. the Avs

Talking Points from the Bruins' 2-1 overtime win vs. the Avs

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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Boston Sports Breakfast Pod: Bruins beat down Devils; what do Red Sox need to do to keep Mookie Betts?

Boston Sports Breakfast Pod: Bruins beat down Devils; what do Red Sox need to do to keep Mookie Betts?

Bruins roll through the swamps of Jersey; how do Sox keep Mookie? And, projecting the Pats roster. All on the Boston Sports Breakfast Podcast:

1:20 - The Bruins beat the Devils 5-1 on Thursday. Joe Haggerty breaks down the win and discusses Brad Marchand trashing him on Twitter.

5:50 - Mookie Betts says he doesn’t expect to sign an extension before becoming a free agent, what does this mean for the Red Sox? Lou Merloni gives his opinion.

11:30 - With many questions surrounding the Patriots roster next season, Phil Perry and Albert Breer look into their "crystal ball" and give their Patriots predictions

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 5-1 win over the Devils: Bergeron at his best

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 5-1 win over the Devils: Bergeron at his best

GOLD STAR: Patrice Bergeron is Boston’s best player on most nights and the 5-1 win over the Devils on Thursday night was no different. Bergeron scored a pair of goals to get him 30 on the season and that now makes it all three members of the Perfection Line that have scored 30 or more for the second season in a row. Bergeron finished with the two goals, three points and a plus-4 rating in 17:10 of ice time and finished with four shots on net and won 9 of 19 on face-offs. It was Bergeron who got the Bruins on the board first and it was Bergeron who won the face-off in the offensive zone that led to the game-winning goal for David Pastrnak. Truthfully, he was all over the place and the best player on the ice.

BLACK EYE: Damon Severson has enjoyed some pretty good games against the Bruins as a New Jersey defenseman, but Thursday night was not one of them. Instead, Severson was on the ice for three Bruins goals, turned over four pucks in his more than 23 minutes of ice time and really didn’t make many positive plays. Certainly, Severson wasn’t the only one who struggled in a 5-1 loss where things really caved in for the Devils in the third period, but he was one of the worst offenders for a New Jersey team just struggling to get to the finish line.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins were already in the driver’s seat, leading 2-1 after two periods. But New Jersey had scored in the second half of the second period to halve the lead and it appeared that there would be a competitive game in the third period. But the Bruins picked up the pace in the third while outshooting the Devils 11-7 and scored three unanswered goals that blew the Devils right out of the water. The first was a big Danton Heinen goal that started with a Sean Kuraly blocked shot and then Bergeron and Backes kicked in two more goals to close things out.

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak looked a tiny bit rusty in his Tuesday night return to the Bruins lineup after missing the last month-plus with a thumb injury, but that was gone Thursday night. It was Pastrnak who fed Bergeron for the Bruins first goal, and then Pastrnak scored a tap-in for the game-winner in the second period after a Bergeron face-off win in the offensive zone set everything up. In all, Pastrnak finished with a goal, two points and a plus-2 in 15:51 of ice time, along with five shot attempts and a couple of hits. Even better, it looked as if Pastrnak’s game was pretty much back to normal with no complications from the splint on his left hand.

BY THE NUMBERS: 90 – the number of points for Brad Marchand after collecting three more assists. There's an outside chance of his first 100-point season if he can avoid any late-season disciplinary trouble.  

QUOTE TO NOTE: "A lot of good read-and-react plays. We could have had a few more [goals]. The chemistry was definitely back.” –Patrice Bergeron, to reporters in New Jersey about things beginning to click with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak in their second game back together again. 

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