Looking to avoid a repeat of their meeting earlier this season, the Boston Bruins took care of business against a battered Vancouver Canucks team last night at TD Garden, earning a 3-1 victory with goals from Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla and Daniel Paille. Tuukka Rask had a strong effort in goal stopping 27 of 28 shots he faced, and the Bruins now sit just five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.
It wasn’t an easy night for Brad Marchand. He seemed to be fighting the puck a little for much of the game, firing shots just wide of the net and then taking a bruising hit along the boards from Nashville defenseman Shea Weber in the third period for his trouble. But when it mattered most the scrappy Bruins winger stepped up, first putting an incredible fake on Predator forward Mike Fisher before ripping a wrist shot through the pads of goalie Marek Mazanec to score the game winning goal just 54 seconds into overtime, giving his team a 3-2 win and snapping a two game losing streak in the process. Bruin goalie Niklas Svedberg, fresh off yet another recall for Providence, got his first NHL win in his debut by stopping 33 Nashville shots.
You might not know it, but Johnny Boychuk isn’t all about killing goalies (sorry Robin Lehner) with slap shots or destroying opponents (too many to name) with bone-crushing body checks. He has a softer side, one that he uses to balance his on-ice aggression out when he’s off the ice. We got some spy shots of these peace-building activities.
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has been rather direct when answering questions from the media of late, and he once again pulled no punches last night when speaking about his team’s performance in Montreal. “That second period was atrocious and embarrassing, to say the least” said Julien, who also responded “everything” to the question of what went wrong. The Canadiens overtook first place in the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 victory at the Bell Centre last night, tallying both goals in a middle frame that also saw them outshoot the Bruins 18-7. Gregory Campbell scored Boston’s only goal, while Tuukka Rask took the loss in the Bruin net.
Bromance Rekindled, Hide Your Daughters
Obviously tomorrow night’s game at TD Garden between the Bruins and Dallas Stars is as much about Tyler Seguin’s return as it is about two teams that are playing average hockey and struggling for wins, there’s no getting around that. The now 21-year-old seems to be making a fresh start and is putting up big points with his new team after an offseason trade to the Lone Star State, while his former partner in shenanigans is off to one of his worst starts as a professional and could be on the verge of watching from the press box. So while we’ll all enjoy a few good laughs and perhaps some regrets for a few of you when it comes to Seguin, Marchand and the Bruins have plenty to worry about in their own locker room at this point, and that should be the focus when they hit the ice tomorrow night.