Marchand's Team-Leading 11th Leads B's Past Bolts
63 leads B's past Bolts, 3-2, with his game-winner at the end of the third
The pesky winger has now extended his team lead in scoring to 11 goals.
With over two minutes left in regulation, the scoreboard showed a 2-2 tie. The B's had come back in the second with two goals from Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley just 1:17 apart and were searching to complete the comeback.
A double-minor to Brendan Mikkelson for high-sticking Milan Lucic with 2:39 remaining gave the Bruins a better chance - and although the lack of scoring on the man-advantage has brought on naysayers - the Black & Gold were confident in themselves and their power-play units.
"We made better decisions, we were shooting pucks. It was one of those nights where we were better," Coach Julien said following the game, on the B's man-advantage. "It has been better lately as well, on the road trip I think we had a pretty decent power play on the road trip. We hadn’t scored at home yet, so it’s nice to get a couple. It’s a work in progress, we just keep working with it, trying to make it better. Tonight, got us a winner."
Right after Brad Marchand had been visibly upset about a non-penalty call, he was able to rush up ice and get the all-important game-winner.
"I was a little upset. I thought it could have potentially been a penalty call and a cross check from behind," said Marchand from his stall postgame. "I know it’s tough playing the game and a couple of minutes left and Bergy on the power play. I understand it’s tough, but I didn’t agree with it - and it worked out well in the end."
"Bergy made a great play. I just had to find that lane, and he gave me a wide open net to shoot at, so it was nice."
Bergeron led an odd-man rush alongside Marchand (after he got himself back into the play) and was able to draw the Bolts' defender to him. The space gave Bergeron time to quickly feed the puck to No. 63, who buried it for his team-leading 11th, that puts him in eighth in the NHL.
"We’ve had a lot of two-on-one’s together so we know where we’re going," said Bergeron, on the chemistry between he and Marchand. "So I was just looking at [Mathieu] Garon and I felt like he was cheating on my side a lot, so I just tried to fake and kind of hold the pass a little bit to make a little easier for Marchy to shoot it."
For Marchand, though, he says he keeps finding himself in lucky situations - and gives credit to his linemates, as opposed to his quick release.
"We’ve got a great team. We’ve got a lot of great players, and especially my linemates, Bergy and Segs, are two phenomenal players," said Marchand. "We saw tonight, just another example. Bergy gives me a wide open net to shoot at, and I think anyone in this league would have hit that, so I’m fortunate to be on the team I am."
Coach Julien echoed the "team" sentiment from his goal scorer.
"Well, he’s got some good linemates and, at the same time, he’s got a quick release," said Coach, trying to give an answer as to why Marchand keeps burying the puck. "He’s got a good shot and he utilizes it. He’s, I guess, Johnny on the Spot, if we can put it that way; when we need a big goal he seems to be able to find it."
"That’s his fourth game-winning goal. He’s a clutch player and that’s the kind of player you like to have on your team."
"I’ve said it before - in this league, goals come and go in bunches, and you could go 20 or 30 games without a goal, and then you could go 20 games with 15, so it’s nice when they come," said Marchand. 'But you’ve just got to make sure you do all of the other things in the game right at the right times."
"But it’s nice. Those are the goals you want to get, the important ones."