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Talking Points: Jarry Stones Bruins, Marchand Snaps In 4-2 Pens Win

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BOSTON – Tristan Jarry made 43 saves and former Boston Bruins winger Danton Heinen scored two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins erased a 2-0 deficit to storm back and beat the Bruins 4-2.

After Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak scored two goals in the first period to put the Bruins up by a pair headed to the second, Heinen scored twice in 28 seconds to tie the game at two. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby then scored what proved to be the game-winner at 12:53 of the middle frame. Bryan Rust added an empty-netter at 18:31 of the third period.

Ironically on a night when Tuukka Rask has reportedly decided to retire, Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman was shaky, allowing three goals on 25 shots in his first NHL start since Jan. 6. He’s now lost two straight starts.

GOLD STAR: Tristan Jarry – The Vezina Trophy candidate was sensational for the Penguins finishing with  He recovered from the two early goals by Pastrnak and held the Bruins at bay in the second, paving the way for the comeback. Whatever happened to Jarry in the playoffs last season, he seems to have put it behind him.

 

BLACK EYE: Brad Marchand – I’ve gone to bat for Brad Marchand plenty of times, pointing out how despite getting the dirty and dumb plays out of his game, and becoming an elite NHL star, he doesn’t get the respect and benefit of the doubt he’s earned recently from the NHL Department of Player Safety. Well, man, did Marchand make me look dumb and justify the lack of protection he gets from the league at the end of this game. Actually, the silliness from the Boston Bruins winger began at the end of the second period when Marchand stole a puck from Jarry just as he was about to flip it to a fan.

 

 

Then at the end of the game, Marchand basically snapped on the Penguins goalie, cross-checking him and then circling back and swinging his stick at Jarry’s head. Marchand received a two-minute minor for roughing and was given a five-minute major and match penalty for an attempt to injure. He will likely have a hearing with the NDPS and a lengthy suspension is likely coming as well. The timing of this bone-headed play couldn’t have been worse as Bergeron never returned and according to Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, may have a concussion. That means the Bruins could be without two of their best players Thursday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden, and maybe beyond that.

 

TURNING POINT: The Second Period – After totally dominating the Penguins in the opening frame, the Boston Bruins opened up the middle of the ice and let the Pens skate free and uncontested right down the pike. Heinen scored two goals in 28 seconds to tie the game at two 4:46 into the middle frame. Then with Bruins center Charlie Coyle in the penalty box for interference at 11:53 of the period, Crosby scored a powerplay goal and the 499th goal of his career at 12:53 to make it 3-2 Pens.

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak – Pastrnak picked up right where he left off, scoring two more goals and bringing his season total to 24. Pastrnak now has four goals in his last two games after scoring two (including the game-winner) against the Seattle Kraken in a 3-2 win on February 1.

 

BY THE NUMBERS: 499 – Crosby is now one goal shy of 500 in his hall of fame career.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “They got saves and we didn’t.” – Cassidy when asked what the difference was for the Bruins in the first and second periods.

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