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Talking Points: Marchand Plays, 3rd Line Shines, Bruins Beat Jets 3-2

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The Boston Bruins have now won ten of their last 12 games and two straight games since the 7-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

After their best player, Brad Marchand made a surprise return to the lineup, the Bruins came back to tie the game twice and then got another game-winning goal from David Pastrnak on a powerplay goal 3:59 into the third period. The third line was the story for the Boston Bruins though as Charlie Coyle and Oskar Steen each finished with a goal and an assist and Jake DeBrusk stayed hot with another assist.

Tuukka Rask earned his second win with a 22-save effort.

Here’s your BHN Talking Points:

GOLD STAR: Usually this is reserved for one player but it’s hard not to award the Gold Star to the entire third line for the Boston Bruins based on how dominant they were. Charlie Coyle had his trademark puck possession game going; Jake DeBrusk was flying down the wing and to the net again, and rookie Oskar Steen continued to impress with his fearless tenacity and nose for the net.

Steen tied the game at one with the second goal of his NHL career 11:37 into the first period and Coyle and Steen got the helpers.

 

 

Then, with the Boston Bruins down a goal again, Coyle finally found the back of the net for the first time in ten games. His puck possession got the play going and then he cycled down in front and tipped it in to tie the game at two 2:31 into the second period.

 

 

BLACK EYE: Brandon Carlo – The Boston Bruins continues to struggle. Too often lately, Carlo is simply being beaten out to the puck and also is skating like he’s standing in quicksand and opponents breeze by or around him. That was the case on the Jets’ first goal by Jansen Harkins 2:46 into regulation. As I said on Twitter at the time, yes Rask let in a softie there but that’s a lazy excuse when explaining how that goal happened.

 

TURNING POINT: Brad Marchand Playing -Not to sound cheesy but if I’m a Boston Bruins player and I see Brad Marchand out there for warmups and then doing his usual pre-game routine of banging up against his teammates before stepping out onto the ice, then there’s no way I’m letting him down or the Bruins are losing this game. To see your best player battle through what looked like an injury that could’ve kept him out long-term, had to be inspiring for the rest of the team. In typical Marchand fashion, he factored in on the winning play too, notching an assist on the Pastrnak game-winner.

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HONORABLE MENTION: Matt Grzelcyk – Much like Marchand, Matt Grzelcyk wasn’t going to let a thunderous hit on him keep him out. The Boston Bruins defenseman was pasted into the boards by Jets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois early in the first period and immediately went down the tunnel for medical assistance.

 

 

Surprisingly though, he came back for the second and ended up getting the primary assist on Pastrnak’s game-winner.

 

 

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 – As in six matinee wins for the Boston Bruins who are now 6-1 in afternoon starts.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “That’s the first thing I thought of to be honest,” – Coyle on being drilled through the glass and thinking of the famous Milan Lucic hit that knocked Mike Van Ryn through the glass over 13 years ago. Thankfully though the glass didn’t shatter as it did on that Lucic hit.

 

 

Here’s the Lucic on Van Ryn hit:

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Rick W Murray

Regardless of what transpires from here on in they cannot under any circumstances remove Steen from the lineup. I can think of at least two or three other players to sit out before Steen, Oscar has earned the right to play and this guy is not a fourth liner as well he is third line material, Maybe more every once in a while you come across Diamond in the rough and this guy is it, a genuine piece of bric-a-brac nhl rough good in the trenches with an eye for the net. And he is going to get better.

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