Boston Bruins

Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) and center Patrice Bergeron (37) are congratulated at the bench after Marchand scored as Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) skates away during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The post-deadline shine has understandably gone to the newest faces in the room.

Taylor Hall’s been a fantastic fit with David Krejci and Craig Smith. Defenseman Mike Reilly has helped stabilize an injury-riddled and inconsistent defense corps. And Curtis Lazar has helped bring a 200-foot identity back to the B’s fourth line.

But when the Bruins needed a statement performance against the East-leading Capitals, it was the Bruins’ leadership trifecta — captain Patrice Bergeron and alternate captains David Krejci and Brad Marchand — who lifted the Bruins out of what could’ve been a Sunday letdown at TD Garden.

Marchand paced the Bruins with two goals and four points, Bergeron added a pair of goals and a helper of his own, and Krejci scored two, including the game-winning power-play goal. (Believe it or not, this was actually the first time in franchise history that both Bergeron and Krejci each scored two goals in the same game.)

“The big boys came to play today on both lines,” said Bruce Cassidy. “And we’re dangerous when that happens.”

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