Marchand snaps out of funk as Bruins beat Oilers
Heading into last night’s tilt with the Edmonton Oilers in the hub of hockey, second-year-forward Brad Marchand was in a scoring drought. Marchand failed to score in his previous nine contests, and the sophomore slump implication was starting to be thrown around, but Marchand quickly put that to rest last night.
Marchand scored twice for the Bruins as the black and gold won for the fourth consecutive time. Marchand was happy to find the back of the net for the first time in nearly a month.
“Yeah, definitely” he said. “It was nice to get the monkey off the back it was definitely getting frustrating, missing a lot of opportunities, so it was nice to get a couple.”
The Bruins scored the first two goals of the night as Johnny Boychuk and Jordan Caron both notched their first goals of the season.
The Oilers would erase the two-goal-deficit with two quick goals of their own off the sticks of their two leading scorers Ryan Smyth and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
With the game being tied at two in the early stages of the second, the Bruins young guns would help the B’s regain their two goal lead they held a period ago.
Marchand grabbed his first of the night after redirecting a Joe Corvo power play shot from the point. Nearly three minutes after Marchand’s goal, line-mate Tyler Seguin would sneak a puck past Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, Seguin is still not sure how that one went in.
“I haven’t seen a replay. I went for a little shot past Marshy [Brad Marchand] and went off the wall and kind of went to the net and was whacking my stick. I don’t know if it hit my stick or what it did, but the guy kind of came at me” said the Bruins leading scorer. “I don’t know if my eyes closed for a second, but the next time I looked, the puck was in the net. No idea what happened. “
Another tally by Ryan Smyth late in the third on the power play after the Bruins could not gain control of the puck, made things interesting at the TD Garden, but Milan Lucic’s power play goal, his eighth goal in as many games helped the Bruins fans in attendance breathe again.
Marchand would snipe his second tally of the night extending the Bruins lead to three securing another November win for the B’s.
Despite a shaky performance Tuukka Rask picked up his second win in a row. Going back to last season it’s no secret the Bruins have struggled to score goals for Rask, so after back-to-back six goal performances its obvious Rask is happy to see his team lighting the lamp.
“Yeah. I mean, it’s a good thing to see us scoring goals because everybody was talking about it earlier in the season and we were having a tough time scoring” said the Finnish goaltender.” So it’s good to get some goals and then hopefully, we just can’t take it for granted, we have to keep working hard and pushing those pucks in and getting those scoring changes again.”
Andrew Ference left the game in the second and did not return. He is day-to-day with a lower body injury.
Nathan Horton continued his solid play with two assists, and defensemen Joe Corvo had his best game as a Bruin with three assists, two of those coming on the power play.
The Bruins continue their five-game-home-stand with a Saturday evening match-up with the Buffalo Sabres.
Here are the highlights of last night’s win: