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Consistency has been a problem for the Boston Bruins as of late. Every win seems to be followed by a loss and the best they’ve been able to do in the past month is a three game winning streak. Sure the team has been battling injuries at the defensive position but the road ahead isn’t getting any easier. Coming off a good 4-2 win in Dallas on Thursday, the Bruins had a tough back-to-back against Western Conference stalwarts.
Sunday vs. Blackhawks
The Bruins went into Chicago looking to avenge their Stanley Cup loss from a season ago only to come away disappointed again.
As was expected from two of the best teams in the NHL the game was a battle from start to finish.
Brad Marchand continued putting points on the board for the Bruins as he was able to net two goals on the night. Unfortunately for the Bruins those would be the only goals they were able to muster.
However, Boston is built on defense and despite being short on defensive players (Dennis Seidenberg is out for the season, Dougie Hamilton is out with a concussion and Adam McQuaid left in the second with an unknown injury) the Bruins held Chicago to only two goals.
When overtime wasn’t enough to determine a winner the game went into a shootout. Chicago’s stars shined brighter in the shootout as Jonathan Toew’s and Patrick Kane were able to beat Tuukka Rask. The Bruins offensive troubles continued as again only Marchand was able to score.
Statistically the game was nearly identical but Chicago was able to come away with the most important stat, a win and two points. There would be no rest for the weary as Boston had to head home to take on the Los Angeles Kings the following day.
Monday vs. Kings
The Bruins were coming off a tough loss in Chicago and needed a solid performance at home to rebound against a solid Kings team. The Kings, like the Blackhawks, match up nicely with the Bruins physical style of play.
It would be Marchand again who would set the tone and this time while on the penalty kill.
After a nice save by Chad Johnson, Patrice Bergeron tracked down the puck and hit Marchand streaking up the center of the ice. By the end of the play Marchand was celebrating a 1-0 Bruins lead while four Kings, five if you include Jonathan Quick looked dumbfounded at how Marchand had just scored (seriously, watch the highlight).
Torey Krug would add another in the first period and Boston held onto a two goal lead until the Kings added one in the second and another in the third to tie the game at two.
A mere 18 seconds after the game was tied none other than Marchand would score his second of the day for what would turn out to be the deciding goal. Johnson remained strong in net to insure that Marchand’s goal would hold for the win.
• His shorthanded goal against the Kings was his fourth of the season which leads the NHL.
• He now has 16 goals on the season to lead all Bruins goal scorers (passing Reilly Smith at 15).
• This was his third multigoal game of the season
• After never having more than 4 goals in 4 games he now has 6 goals and 1 assist in his past 4 games.
After back to back games Boston doesn’t play again until Saturday when they will head down to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers for the first time this season.
Tags: Adam McQuaid, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Chad Johnson, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas, Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Flyers, Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Toews, Los Angeles Kings, Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Kane, philadelphia, Reilly Smith, Stanley Cup, Torey Krug, Tuukka Rask