With the game on his stick, Brad Marchand, a.k.a The Nose Face Killah a.k.a Marshmont a.k.a The Little Ball of Hate DANGLED Sabres’ goaltender Robin Lehner on an overtime penalty shot to lift Boston to a 2-1 win.
According the official Boston Bruins twitter page, this was the first overtime penalty shot goal in team history.
Marchand now has nine goals in his last nine games. He has a total of 24 goals this season, tying him with Colorado’s Matt Duchene for seventh in the league, while playing in eight less games. Can people stop labeling him as just a pest now? The man can flat out play.
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Following the game, Tuukka Rask praised the maturity he has seen develop in Marchy, while also poking a little fun at him.
“He’s not taking stupid penalties anymore like he used to the first couple of years there,” he said with a smile. “He’s matured a lot, and he’s become a leader for us in the locker room, and on the ice too.”
The Bruins opened the game’s scoring with a classic tic-tac-goal at 12:22 of the opening period. Great forechecking pressure by Loui Eriksson and David Pastrnak forced the Sabres’ defense to turn the puck over to David Krejci. Krejci fed Pastrnak at the left face-off dot, and his slap-pass found Eriksson for a WIDE OPEN backdoor tap in.
This marks Loui’s first goal in ten games, and will hopefully heat him up once again. Despite the cold streak, the 30-year-old Swede is still second on the team with 40 points.
Things got a little chippy at times, as both teams threw their bodies around a bit, including this monstrous hit by the #39 train.
Also, Sabres captain Brian Gionta decided to take a couple of shots at Big Z after the whistle, despite being 5’7″. Lucky for him, Chara did not drop the gloves, because we all know how that would end:
With this home-and-home sweep over the Sabres, the B’s are off to a 2-0-1 start to the busy month of February. Sunday and Monday will be the team’s only two-day break of the month, and following that, they will play every other day.
These past two wins have not been their best games by any means, but they are putting together more complete efforts, which is a good sign moving forward.
They are back at it Tuesday night at the Garden, when old pal LOOOOOOOCH comes to town for the first time in another uniform. Prepare for waterworks.
[Photo via bruins.nhl.com]