Hitting three posts in one period is often a sign of trouble.
Doing it against the worst team in the NHL, and skating yourself into a listless 1-1 draw through 40 minutes of action, and a quick 2-1 hole in the third period after a straight-up horrendous turnover by Torey Krug, is borderline self-destruction.
But if there’s time on the clock, these Bruins know they’re not done.
And on Saturday, the decision to keep this point streak rolling to a whopping 19 games was made by Chris Wagner’s game-tying deflection and then a David Krejci goal scored with 44.7 seconds left in the third, to earn the Bruins a 3-2 win at TD Garden.
David Krejci tips a shot from Danton Heinen home in the final minute of regulation.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 10, 2019
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With points in 19 straight games, this is now the second-longest point streak in franchise history (beating the 18-game point streak the Bruins had a year ago), and makes the Black and Gold the first NHL team to have a point streak of at least 19 games since the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks. That team would later go on to win the Stanley Cup.
Rask made 17 saves in the winning effort, pushing his personal point streak to 19 games with a 16-0-3 record.
Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored Boston’s first goal of the night, a power-play strike, good for his 28th goal of the season. The goal also gave Marchand 81 points on the year. four away from his career-high of 85, set in back-to-back seasons.
Lee Stempniak made his 2019 debut for the Bruins, but skated just 7:46 and finished without a shot on goal.
The Bruins will have a quick turnaround, too, with a Sunday road meeting with the Penguins on deck. The Bruins and Pens have split this season series to date, with one win apiece.