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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.

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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Michael J Parahus

I think tonight we witnessed the end of hope for the season and perhaps even beyond. Heaven forbid Bergeron is concussed and misses a significant amount of time. Lord knows what that could do on his decision to return after this season. I’m hoping it’s not serious and doesn’t tinge his thinking about playing another year or two. We also now hear it likely confirmed Rask is retiring. And, last but not least the old Marchand showed up tonight. Nothing he can say at this point is going to change the fact that he’s already been suspended this season, has… Read more »

Jorge Gomes

Though I like Cassidy maybe he shouldn’t just talk about not getting saves. He should be looking at the decisions from the defense on clearing the puck and forgetting to cover the open man which has been happening quite often. Let’s also look at what created Pitts 4th goal. On Marchand dumb action at the end of the game knowing Patrice may be out is why I don’t think of him as a leader. He may have put the B’s in a difficult situation for a while.

DonkaDoo

Who did Jarry go all “Billy Smith” on with his stick just before he tied up the puck? It happened before the scrum, and they wouldn’t show the replay. That’s why Marchy sticked him in the face.

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