It took until their 46th shot of the night to get the result they wanted, but Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins escaped Montreal’s Bell Centre with a 3-2 overtime victory over Jake Allen’s Canadiens.
Boston opening the scoring up with a sweet net-front finish from Marchand at the 9:21 mark of the opening period, and with the assists to Erik Haula and Connor Clifton on what was Marchand’s 26th goal of the season.
The Canadiens responded with a backhand marker from David Savard scored 8:49 into the second period, and took a 2-1 lead just 1:13 into the third period when a careless giveaway from Marchand sparked the Canadiens for a shorthanded 2-on-0.
But Connor Clifton pulled the sides back even with a game-tying goal scored with 2:59 remaining in the third, while Marchand deked the Canadiens’ Allen out of province limits for the overtime winner 34 seconds into the fourth frame.
What a finish from Brad Marchand for the OT winner.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 22, 2022
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Jeremy Swayman got the call in net for the Bruins, and finished with 26 saves for the victory.
Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron (arm) missed his third straight game for the Bruins, while the team’s newest additions, defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Josh Brown, were unavailable for this game.
The Bruins will return home for a Thursday night head-to-head with the Tampa Bay Lightning.