The Boston Bruins didn’t have the best of starts to their game on Saturday night, but the team rallied to a thrilling OT victory.
Well, let’s all take a deep breath after that insane game. The Boston Bruins came out flat in the first period but were able to rebound against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night and ended up with the W.
Bradley Marchand came up clutch and ended up with the game-winning goal in overtime. Marchand was dominant the entire overtime. It seemed like no one could get the puck off his stick.
With just under three minutes left, Marchand emerged from the back of the net. He circled in front and unleashed a wrist shot that trickled by Anti Niemi to give the Bruins the win.
Marchand spoke after the game on what was going through his head right before the goal.
"“When I circled around I saw the net front guy kind of back off a little bit,” said Marchand. “I knew as long as I got it on the inside it was my guy that would have a chance at the net, and when I came around I just wasn’t so tight, just tried to get a shot and luckily it went in.”"
“Marchy” now has 25 goals this season and continues to add to his already impressive season.
Anton Khudobin had a fantastic game. He stopped 27 shots and did his part to keep the Bruins in the game. Khudobin can be shaky at times, but as long as he is winning there is nothing to complain about. “Dobby” made some impressive saves throughout the game. Especially when the Bruins were still scoreless.
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Tuukka Rask hasn’t been the same goaltender he was a month or two ago when he was on his impressive points streak. So maybe with the Boston Bruins being in second place they can give Rask a break. Khudobin seemed to excel when given the chance to start a few extra games. Rask also performed well after some rest. I would much rather have a refreshed Rask than a worn-down one heading into the playoffs.
What made it all possible
Without Jake Debrusk’s goal late in the third period the Bruins would have left Saturday’s matchup without a point. Nick Holden launched the puck from the point and Debrusk was able to deflect the puck into the net. It was Debrusk’s 13th goal of the season. Debrusk is having a great season and with Rick Nash now on the opposite side of him it looks like he is only going to benefit.
Holden has also had a great time so far in Boston. What really surprised me is his offensive talent. Especially his passing, he seems to have a knack for putting the puck in the perfect location. I think we will be seeing Holden in the starting lineup for the time being.
The only rough part of the game happened less than a minute into the game. Charlie McAvoy went down awkwardly and left the game and would not return. The injury appeared to happen after some stickwork by Brendan Gallagher. The Bruins need McAvoy for the playoffs. He is arguably their best defenseman this season.
The Boston Bruins swept the Montreal Canadiens this season to the delight of all B’s fans. The Bruins have now won three straight games and will look to keep the streak going when they play the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.