Boston Bruins needing some serious help to maintain their current playoff positioning without their top centerman and one of the best 2-way players in the game today, Patrice Bergeron, continued to get inspiring performances every night from LW Brad Marchand.
Marchand continues to improve on his elite status and if anyone did not believe he is an NHL SUPERSTAR, please take note, he is. He excelled as both a playmaker and finisher last night in the B’s 6-5 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings.
Marchand secured his third career hat trick when he scored the game-winning goal 34 seconds into the extra frame and two key assists. With the five points, Marchand leads the team in goals (28) and assists (38). Marchand moved into sole possession of first place on the franchise’s overtime goals list with 11 already in his career.
The Bruins’s have three overtime wins in the first four games of a six-game homestand. Marchand also scored the OT game-winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens and Charlie McAvoy had the OT winner against the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb 27.
Bruins got some good news before the game as slightly banged up starting netminder Tuukka Rask was able to skate for the first time in three days and was healthy enough to dress as the backup goaltender in last night’s game. No word yet if he will make the next start. Next up for the Bruins is a continuation of their homestand with the Philadelphia Flyers coming into Boston Thursday night.