In what likely is their last postseason as teammates, the Boston Bruins core of captain Patrice Bergeron, alternate captains Brad Marchand and David Krejci, and goalie Tuukka Rask, is once again showing how and why they’ve helped the Bruins become one of the most successful and stable NHL teams in the last decade. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 and playing in two more Stanley Cup Finals in 2013 and 2019, this core’s ‘aura’ is still strong as ever and already on full display as they enter Game 3 of their first-round series with the Washington Capitals.
The Boston Bruins had blown two one-goal leads and were down 3-2 to the Capitals late in Game 2 on Monday night in Washington DC. After losing Game 1 3-2 in overtime, it was starting to look as if the Boston Bruins were about to head home for Games 3 and 4 at TD Garden down 2-0 in their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series. The Boston Bruins’ longtime leadership core wasn’t phased though and their teammates fed off their calm determination as one of the newest Bruins, Taylor Hall continued his own resurgence and tied the game at three with 2:49 left in regulation. Brad Marchand scored 39 seconds into the extra frame to give the Bruins a 4-3 win and send the series headed back to Boston knotted at one. After arguably the biggest goal of his career, Hall credited the core for keeping the bench calm and collected throughout the game.