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It might have been a one in a thousand chance of scoring a goal for the Boston Bruins. Heck, it might have been a one in a million chance of scoring the goal for the Boston Bruins.

But whatever the odds, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand beat them with a bad angle snipe in overtime from outside the faceoff circle that beat a surprised Semyon Varlamov and clinched a key 2-1 OT win over the Islanders in Game 3 at Nassau Coliseum.

“That was one I felt we deserved,” said Bruce Cassidy. “We had enough good looks that [Varlamov] stopped, so one from there finally found its way in.”

It was the second overtime game-winner for the Boston Bruins left winger as he continues to build up a possible Conn Smythe resume with five goals and seven points in eight playoff games, but this game-winner was one to remember given the amazingly small window Marchand had to hit in order to go top corner.

It doesn’t even get to that point if Charlie McAvoy doesn’t do a masterful job of slowing things down after a long shift defending, and then wait for his gassed teammates to change before hitting Marchand on the move headed into the offensive zone. Marchand then had to get the shot through Ryan Pulock, past Varlamov flailing with his glove and then catch the angle just right inside the post and under the bar, and he did exactly that to the stunned amazement of the Islanders players.

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Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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