Boston Bruins: 3 takeaways from bounce back win over Flames

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 11: Brad Marchand
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 11: Brad Marchand /

The Boston Bruins returned to form on Monday when they played the Calgary Flames.

After Saturday’s epic loss it would be hard to have a worse effort in the next game. The Boston Bruins came out on Monday and were able to come out on top defeating the Calgary Flames 2-1.

Pasta steps up

David Pastrnak has struggled recently. Prior to Monday’s game, Pastrnak had not scored a goal in 6 games. During that stretch “Pasta” had a rating of -1. He finally snapped that streak against the Flames.

Pastrnak snipped a shot by David Rittich early in the first. The goal was his 22nd of the season.  It’s good to see Pastrnak playing well as the Bruins are going to need him if they are going to make a run for the cup.

Marchand wins it

Brad Marchand the most lovable player in the NHL won the game for the Bruins in overtime. It was an absolute beauty. Riley Nash disrupted play in the Bruins zone and gave Marchand the puck and off “Marchy” went.  From the blueline to the net all Marchand saw was open ice.

Then Marchand dangled, used a perfect head fake and went five-hole to win the game. It seems that Marchand isn’t getting the same love that linemate Patrice Bergeron is getting.

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Marchand has 22 goals this season and 33 assists. He has more points than Bergeron in fewer games. Yet for some reason, nobody has brought his name up for the Hart Trophy. I say he should be, but maybe some voters have a different view of Marchand due to his checkered history.

Rask comes up big

Tuukka Rask played exactly how the Bruins need him to on Monday night, Rask stopped 28 shots on the night and was clutch in overtime. After giving up four goals in a single period on Saturday night this was great to see. Head coach Bruce Cassidy talked about Rask’s solid play on Monday.

"“He saw a 2-on-1 on the first shift of the game and a breakaway the second and that was it for a while,” said Cassidy. “We dodged those bullets and I thought we were pretty tight after that. He was good. Like the rest of our group, he wanted to respond as well. It wasn’t his best in Vancouver. He certainly did his part and we eventually got the winner for him.”"

It was a great overall effort as he made big stops from the beginning of the game all the way until overtime.

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The Boston Bruins are back at it again tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. With the Bruins only down a point to the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Eastern Conference every win could bring them closer to the top of the East.