Marchand nets fifth OT goal of season in win over Wild
You may or may not be a fan of Bruins forward Brad Marchand, but you can’t deny that the man has been pretty clutch this season.
On Sunday night, Marchand scored the game-winning goal in Boston’s 2-1 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild. This isn’t the first time he’s scored in the extra frame this season. The 29-year-old has now found the back of the net five times in overtime in 2017-18. Remarkable.
Only Steven Stamkos (2011-12), Jonathan Toews (2015-16) and Alex Galchenyuk (2016-17) have scored five overtime winners in a season (h/t Michael Berger).
Marchand’s linemate, Patrice Bergeron, also had a positive night in his return to the lineup. He finished the night with two helpers, a plus-2 rating and two shots on goal in 19:08 of ice time. Not bad for a guy who missed almost a month of action because of a broken foot.
After David Pastrnak opened the scoring in early in the second period, Wild forward Mikko Koivu tied the game at one at the midway point of the third frame.
That allowed Minnesota to collect a valuable point in the standings, as they’re now three points clear of Colorado in the race for third place in the Central Division. The Wild had a pretty nice weekend overall. They beat Nashville on Saturday and took the Bruins to OT tonight.
“We get 3 out of 4 points against 2 of the best teams in the league; we’ve gone 3-0-2 in the last five,” Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau said, per Michael Russo of The Athletic. “I think we’re holding our own. We’re not getting anywhere fast getting a point here and a point there, but I think we’re going in the right direction.”
As for the Bruins, they find themselves two points behind Tampa with a game in hand. They can still come away with the Atlantic crown.