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Talking Points: Marchand Redeems Himself, Bruins Beat Habs 3-2 In OT

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Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored his second goal of the game 34 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Monday night.

As Marchand admitted, he owes his teammate and Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton a nice dinner because Clifton bailed Marchand and the Bruins out by tying the game with 2:59 left in regulation to help force extra time. Earlier in the period, Marchand coughed the puck up on a powerplay zone entry, leading to a 2-on-0 for the Habs that forward Joel Armia finished off to give his team a 2-1 lead 1:13 into the final frame.

Marchand’s first goal put the Boston Bruins up 1-0 9:21 into the first period before Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard scored his first of the season to tie the game at one just 1:28 later.

Boston Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman was solid again as he turned away 26 of 28 Canadiens shots in the win.

Canadiens goalie Jake Allen almost single-handedly stole the game for the Habs with a 43-save performance.

GOLD STAR: Brad Marchand – Marchand’s game-winner was a thing of beauty and the fact he lit the lamp twice to bring his season goal total to 27 was great too, but it was his resilience and non-stop energy that gets him the Gold Star award here. To keep pushing the way he did after that turnover early in the third period shows why he’s one of the best leaders in the NHL and a Hart Trophy candidate. Still, let’s take a look at this pure filth from Brad Marchand on the overtime winner.

 

BLACK EYE: Marchand Turnover – This was just one of those brain cramps that Marchand hardly ever makes but it almost cost the Bruins two points against the worst team in the NHL.

 

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TURNING POINT: Clifton Game-Tying Goal – The pesky defenseman doesn’t score often but he scored a goal-scorer’s goal late in the third period to send the game to overtime.

 

HONORABLE MENTION: Jake Allen – As mentioned above, Allen did all he could to propel his team to victory and was really the only reason the game got to overtime from a Canadiens standpoint.

 

BY THE NUMBERS: 855 – The number of days since November 26, 2019, the last time the Boston Bruins played the Canadiens in Montreal before Monday night.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I love being back here. It’s Boston-Montreal; it’s the best rivalry in my estimation, in sports. I don’t care where the teams are in the standings, it’s always gonna be a game with lots of passion.” – Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy on him and the Bruins playing in Montreal for the first time since Nov. 26, 2019.

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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William Mahoney

Sorry that the Canadians are not in the playoffs!

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