Boston Bruins

  • When you’re hot, you’re hot. And when you’re hot, you find ways to turn losses into victories.

    That’s exactly what the Bruins did Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, too, as the team overcame a 5-2 deficit to force overtime and win behind a Hampus Lindholm dagger on Tristan Jarry.

    For the Bruins, it was the team’s sixth win in as many outings, and was good for just the B’s third win on Pittsburgh ice in their last 12 tries dating back to Dec. 2016. It also continued what’s been some undeniable misery for the Penguins, who have now lost five straight contests.

    Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from Boston’s ninth win of the year

  • No. 3 Star: Evgeni Malkin

    May 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) takes the ice against the New York Rangers during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports

    May 13, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) takes the ice against the New York Rangers during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

  • With the Penguins down one after 20 minutes of play, it was Evgeni Malkin who kickstarted the Pens’ four-goal middle frame with a net-front putaway off a tipped shot-pass found its way to his stick.

    Malkin also had a hand in Pittsburgh’s fifth and final goal of the game, as he came through with the secondary assist in what finished as a two-point night for the veteran center.

    And beyond the raw data, the Penguins dominated the puck with No. 71 out there, as his finished the night as the team’s strongest forward in terms of shot attempts, with attempts favoring Pittsburgh by a 16-7 mark in Malkin’s 12:40 of five-on-five play.

    Sleep may be a little difficult, however, as Malkin had an absolutely golden chance to end things with a point-blank look on Linus Ullmark during Pittsburgh’s 4-on-3 power-play chance in overtime.

  • No. 2 Star: Brad Marchand

    Nov 1, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his power play goal with the Bruins bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 1, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates his power play goal with the Bruins bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Rust did not appear to be an issue for Bruins winger Brad Marchand after the team fully committed to ‘load/injury management’ and decided to give him the night off last Friday in Columbus.

    Instead, the 5-foot-9 Marchand was all over the place in this game (he still gets jacked up for these games against Pittsburgh), and finished with one goal, six shots, and three hits in the comeback win.

    The Bruins now have wins in both games Marchand has appeared in this season (and he has at least one goal in both outings), and dating back to the start of last season, the Bruins are now 20-4-1 in games that have featured at least one goal from No. 63.

  • No. 1 Star: Hampus Lindholm

    Nov 1, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm (27) reacts after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime at PPG Paints Arena. Boston won 6-5 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 1, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm (27) reacts after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime at PPG Paints Arena. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

  • The Bruins knew they were going to need some superhuman efforts from their defense with Charlie McAvoy on the shelf to begin the 2022-23 season. But Hampus Lindholm has truly taken his game to another level for the shorthanded Bruins, and Tuesday’s otherwordly performance was just the latest example.

    On the board with one goal (the overtime winner) and four points in total by the night’s end, Lindholm became just the fourth Bruins defenseman in the last 30 years to have an effort of at least four points. That group, in case you were curious, features the legendary Ray Bourque (he accomplished the feat seven times over this 30-year window beginning in Nov. ’92), Torey Krug (twice), and Matt Grzelcyk.

    And with Derek Forbort lost after the first period of play due to an upper-body injury, that performance required a team-leading 29:38 of time on ice from Lindholm (Brandon Carlo was the next closest, at 24:35).

    As you’d expect, Lindholm also led the Bruins in even-strength time on ice, at 24:27 (almost five full minutes more than Carlo’s 19:28), and over 12 minutes of that even-strength ice-time came against Sidney Crosby.

    Just a monster performance across the board.