Marchand nets Bruins second straight overtime win
The Bruins, for all their late-game problems and blown leads, the Bruins entered Sunday was a pretty good track record in one-goal games.
At 13-4-8, it was a lot better than the Avalanche’s abysmal 4-6-10. Their 1-10 overtime record wasn’t much better.
The Bruins made sure to extend those struggles for the Avs on Sunday, with Brad Marchand scoring with 56 seconds left in overtime to give the Bruins the 2-1 win, their second straight in overtime.
Marchand’s shot hit off Matt Calvert’s skate in front of the Colorado net to deflect it in.
Colorado had lost its last six games, and 20 of its last 25, including just three victories since the start of the new year.
The Bruins went to overtime for the fifth time in their last seven games, including their third straight after beating the Kings in overtime on Saturday afternoon and falling to the Rangers in the shootout on Wednesday.
The Bruins earned a power play near the end of the first, but it was negated by a Torey Krug hooking call. With his penalty barely expired, Avalanche leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon dodged around the Bruins defense to get underneath the right circle and lifted the puck over Halak for a 1-0 lead with just 32 seconds remaining.
John Moore fired in his third goal of the season from just underneath the blueline to tie the game at 1-1 with 16:20 to go in the second.
The Avalanche took issue with a hit Charlie McAvoy made against fellow former BU Terrier Matt Nieto in the second period 23 seconds before Moore’s goal. They started throwing more hits and getting physical with the Bruins, especially McAvoy.
That altered the entire pace for the Bruins.
At the end of a five-on-three, following an interference call on Colorado’s Cal Soderberg, MacKinnon had a chance on a breakaway out of the penalty box. He got behind the Bruins defenders when Tory Krug’s pass slipped out of the B’s offensive zone. Jaroslav Halak stopped MacKinnon to keep the game knotted up.
Moore looked to have scored one of the strangest goals of the season at the end of the second. He tried to slap the puck into the offensive zone from the red line, and it deflected off the curved glass at the end of the Bruins bench, finding its way past Semyon Varlamov.
It would have been Moore’s second tally of the game, but didn’t count.
Sheldon Ories was sent off for holding with 2:15 left in the game to give the Bruins a power play for essentially the rest of the contest. They didn’t score, sending it to the extra frame.
After a stalling overtime period where neither team did much of anything for the extent of it, the Bruins won a faceoff with a tick more than a minute left in the frame before Marchand wristed it in.
Despite drawing five penalties, the Bruins power play struggled. Colorado also went scoreless with the skate advantage, going 0-for-4.
The Bruins finish up the homestand against the Blackhawks on Tuesday before heading out west for a five-game road trip.
Author: Marisa Ingemi