It was not a great start but the Bruins overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.
Before the game, Marchand was fined $10,000 for what appeared to be a pretty nasty slew foot on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Marchand talked about this issue before and after the game saying, “I definitely have to make some smarter decisions at times,” he said Thursday before Bruins played the Penguins. “The last thing I want to be doing is continuing to go back in front of those guys. I’m sure they’re sick of seeing me, so instances like last game, they can be avoided. Just smarter decisions. Something I’ll continue to work on.” Then after the game, he said. “They let me off with one probably. Felt fortunate to be playing tonight and it was great to be part of a big win.
Pittsburgh started phenomenally with goals from Justin Schultz (8) and Phil Kessel (15) but was unable to maintain momentum. Patric Hornqvist scored the only other goal for the Penguins which was his 12th of the season. Pens Goalie Matt Murray had an okay game for giving up four goals stopping 33 shots.
Brad Marchand scored two goals in the second period to bring his season total to 21 goals. His first goal of the game was a shorthanded goal. The shorty was Marchand’s 22nd short-handed goals in his career, three short of the franchise record set by Rick Middleton. “He skated like he was $10,000 lighter,” teammate David Backes joked. “He was flying around and doing what he does best playing the game and playing hard.”
Also, Patrice Bergeron scored his 11th goal of the game to seal the victory for the Bruins. The second period was filled with penalties as 12 separate penalties were called. Most of them stemming to an incident where Colin Miller was in a scrap with Penguins Center Scott Wilson. The Center was even given a 10-minute misconduct.
Bruins Goaltender Tuukka Rask had 19 saves and started his 9th straight game. With him being banged up the lack of depth at the Goalie position is something that desperately needs to be looked at.
The Bruins are off till after the All-Star Break as they play the Nashville Predators on January 31st.