Marchand stays hot, nets two (again) as B's beat Kings 3-2
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A warning label along those lines needs to be slapped onto to the front jersey of Brad Marchand, as the Bruins winger continued his blazing scoring today, scoring twice versus the Los Angeles Kings to pace the Bruins to a hard-fought 3-2 win.
Marchand scored two goals in a game for the second day in a row, and backup goalie Chad Johnson made 21 saves as the Bruins won their 31st game of the year.
Marchand opened the scoring for the Bruins, just as he did a little more than 24 hours ago versus Chicago, yet this goal had just a bit more flare.
On the penalty kill, Marchand pulled off multiple moves to beat nearly the entire Kings team, stick-handling through the defense not once but twice. The first sequence saw Marchand turn around the Kings' All-Star and Canadian Olympian Drew Doughty before getting a shot on Quick. Marchand stuck with the play, getting the puck back and deked out another Olympian, Anze Kopitar, before beating Quick between the legs to cap off the highlight-reel goal.
Still in the first, Torey Krug put the Bruins up 2-0 on the powerplay with his 11th on the year at 17:51, ripping a slapshot from the top of the face-off circle off the feed from David Krejci. Zdeno Chara was screening in front of Quick, and the puck pinged off the post and in.
The next two goals came from the Kings, with Willie Mitchell at 4:09 of the secondand Jeff Carter on the powerplay at 8:35 of the third, which tied the game at 2's.
Miller lays out Brown (photo by Brian Babineau/Getty Images)
But it was Marchand yet again who put the Bruins ahead, scoring just 18 seconds after Carter had tied the game. Marchand ripped home the one-timer off the pass from Reilly Smith in the faceoff circle, giving the Bruins the lead in which they didn't relinquish for the rest of the game.
The Bruins battered down for the rest of the period, aided by a late penalty on the Kings' Jake Muzzin that put them down a man for the last minute of play.
It's been a good couple days for the Bruins, as they've grabbed five out of a possible six points versus the Stars, Blackhawks and Kings all since Thursday. After slumping a bit leading up to these match-ups, the Bruins have played three quality games in a row to get back on track.
But the story of the day was again Brad Marchand, who scored twice and provided the punch the Bruins needed on home ice to beat a solid Kings. He's now scored six goals in four games, and it's safe to say he's totally left behind his goal-scoring drought that plagued him most of the season.
The Bruins have the rest of the week off, with their next game being on Saturday away to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Milan Lucic dropped the gloves with Jordan Nolan after Nolan crunched ToreyKrug into the boards. Lucic tuned him up pretty good, landing some heavy shots in his ribs and over the top. It was Lucic's fourth bout of the year.
It was a heavy hitting game, as you'd expect with these two rosters. A handful of huge hits were delivered, chief among them Kevan Miller leveraging Kings captain Dustin Brown into the boards, and Drew Doughty taking out Lucic with a check in front of the benches.
Chad Johnson won his 8th game of the year and twice in a row, as he beat the Stars last Thursday on the road.
With four goals in two days, Brad Marchand now leads the team in goals with 16, bumping out Reilly Smith from the top spot.