By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Not even four posts and the worst goal of the year surrendered by Tuukka Rask could slow the Bruins down on Monday night, as Brad Marchand came through with the game-winning, overtime strike in a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars.
The night started to a familiar tune for Rask and Co., as the 31-year-old surrendered what was undoubtedly his worst goal of the season to date, as Radek Faksa was able to sneak a weak shorthanded shot through Rask’s pads just 3:51 into the game.
The shot was just the second Dallas shot of the night, and finished as just one of their four shots in all by the period’s end. It was following the Faksa goal that the Bruins surrendered just two additional Dallas shots in the opening period, both of which off the stick of center Gemel Smith, and neither appeared to be anything close to a legitimate scoring chance for the Stars.
But before the weak Rask goal against could spiral out of control like it has time and time again this season, David Pastrnak made sure the Bruins had something to show for their power-play opportunity, as Patrice Bergeron dug a puck out of the corner and fed No. 88 for a one-time bomb that Anton Khudobin had no chance of stopping.
And it was in the middle period that the Bruins truly seemed to create their best chances.
Fourth-line winger Noel Acciari rang iron early in the period and nearly connected with Sean Kuraly on a two-on-one rush towards the Dallas net later in the frame, top-liner Brad Marchand almost successfully wrapped a puck around the net and in, and the buzzing Anders Bjork appeared to score when Khudobin failed to corral a loose puck in front of his net.
But a quick whistle saved Khudobin and the Stars from a deficit on Bjork’s chance, and ended an eight-shot second period without the go-ahead goal in an opening 40 minutes that felt all Boston, both from a chance and zone-time standpoint.
A third period solved nothing, and it was on to overtime, where Patrice Bergeron almost dented the post in a great scoring chance for the Black and Gold. To the power play late in the overtime behind a too many men call against the Stars, a penalty drawn 11 seconds into that opportunity gave the Bruins a 5-on-3 for the remainder of the OT.
And with 31 seconds left, it was Marchand that buried the Stars with a strike banked off the Stars and in.
The Bruins will continue their four-game homestand with a Thursday night meeting with the Vancouver Canucks.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty? Follow him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.