November 28, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Boston Bruins left winger Brad Marchand (63) skates with the puck with Vancouver Canucks center Jason Dickinson (18) chasing him in the third period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Heading into the quarterfinal of their season, the Bruins are still looking for the elusive 60-minute effort.
But in the meantime, they will be satisfied with the ability of Brad Marchand to reverse a game and in favor of the B.
On Sunday, that included two big hits (one on Oliver Ekman-Larsson and the other on Tucker Poolman) in a sleepwalking second period for the Bruins, and the strong start in the comeback win with the tying goal on a game of. chaotic power and the main course on David Pastrnak’s goal with a little glare on Canucks defenseman Kyle Burroughs.
All in a day’s work for a guy who can still set the Canucks on fire and rock the Garden as if it were in 2011.
“There are a number of ways he can help you win,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Marchand. “We’ve seen him offensively, and we’ve seen him on the power play and on the penalty kill here for years.
But the physique is where it shone when the Bruins needed it most.
It was a warning shot with a more than winnable game that had to escape the hands of Black and Gold.
“The physical part was good, and that’s where you hope the other guys [notice]”Cassidy said.” It’s like, ‘Look, he’s our best player, he’s playing the most minutes on any of our forwards.’ You hope it rubs off on other guys.
The Bruins felt it too. It also manifested itself beyond the successes on Ekman-Larsson and Poolman. The Bruins got to work and pulled a pair of penalties against Vancouver to put them on the third period power plays they conceded. (Anton Blidh certainly earned his call, too, as OEL practically tried to send him into the lodge lobby with a board.) And during the power play, Nick Foligno did the heavy lifting to open some. space to Boston’s scorers, engaging with gigantic Van City defenders in the front of the net and tying their stick over Marchand’s feed to Pastrnak to push the Bruins forward.
“It’s something that exists in our organization,” said Marchand. “It’s a must. Part of the Bruins’ culture and method is playing hard the whole way. And the game in general moves away from it. But, you know, good teams always play hard and finish their failures and make it difficult for opposing teams and we are no different. “
“What we’re asking for is energy,” Cassidy said. “We are asking for competition. “
Something that has never, ever been a problem with # 63.
Here are some other thoughts and notes from a 3-2 comeback win …
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