By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
When you’re hot, just about everything has a way of working out in your favor.
Just like a defensive-zone slap-and-clear out of danger from defenseman Charlie McAvoy on a two-on-one chance for the Rangers half a minute into Wednesday’s overtime with the Rangers did for the Bruins. Perfectly timed, that own-zone denial from McAvoy was all Brad Marchand the Bruins needed to spring themselves into their fourth straight victory.
What a sequence all around.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 11, 2021
Great play by McAvoy to set up Marchand's OT winner. pic.twitter.com/Y0HR9xRWYa
“Chuckie made a great play to knock it down and to get it up [ice],” Marchand said. “Luckily, we were able to capitalize on it.”
“Charlie’s make a hell of play on the last goal,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy noted. “Breaks up a two-on-one, has the presence of mind to make a play to get the puck up to Marchand.”
The goal, scored 36 seconds into the overtime, was Marchand’s eighth goal of the season, and his fifth tally in the last seven games. The game-winning tally also extended McAvoy’s strong push as Boston’s top defenseman, with No. 73 now having recorded assists in eight straight contests, making him the first Boston defender to put up at least one assist in eight straight games since Ray Bourque’s run of assists in 10 straight contests back in 1992-93.
Prior to the overtime, which came the B’s way after a game-tying goal from the Rangers’ Kevin Rooney, the Bruins jumped out to their first lead of the evening on Anders Bjork’s first goal of the season.
The goal was Bjork’s first in over a calendar year, and snapped what was a run of 34 straight games without a goal.
Chris Wagner opened up the scoring for Boston with a beautiful shorthanded goal at the 9:41 mark of the second period after blocking an attempted pass by New York’s Artemi Panarin at the attacking blue line.
Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, finished with a season-high 33 saves for his sixth victory of the season. The performance bumped the 33-year-old Rask’s season save percentage up .008 percentage points, from .898 to .906.
Both winger Jake DeBrusk and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk made their return to the lineup in the winning effort, too. It was a mixed bag for the duo, as Grzelcyk logged a defense-low 11:40 and was on the ice for both New York goals while DeBrusk led all Boston skaters with seven shots on goal and 14 attempts in total in 14:08 of action.
In addition to extending the B’s win streak to four, the Bruins also saw their point streak extended to nine games, with the Bruins capturing 17 of a possible 18 points since Jan. 21.
The B’s and Rangers will reconvene for a rematch Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Looking for hockey talk? Listen below for the newest episode of the SideLines podcast with me and Matt Dolloff. We record just hours before Wednesday’s game.