Brad Marchand's 16th goal of the season was scored on two separate occasions in last night's 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The first occurrence, early in the final frame, saw Patrice Bergeron feed Marchand in front with a beautiful tap-in pass. The call on the ice was challenged by Maple Leafs bench-boss Mike Babcock, and the goal was overturned -- the play ruled offside. It was back to 15 goals on the season for Marchand, although that didn't last long.
With 47 seconds remaining in the third period, Marchand picked off a Martin Marincin pass and fired it into a vacated net; Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who had played the puck to Marincin behind the net, was caught in-between nowhere and the crease. Which, as you can imagine, is not an ideal for a goalie to be.
With 16 goals to his name, Marchand now sits second among Bruins skaters in goals, trailing only Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron, who entered last night's contest with 15 goals, tallied twice on the evening -- opening the scoring just 45 seconds into the game on a breakaway set-up by a Torey Krug outlet pass. Bergeron was credited with the Bruins second goal of the game 39 seconds into the middle frame, deflecting a Zdeno Chara wrister past Bernier.
Marchand led Bruins skaters with 6 shots on goal, a category the Bruins dominated 45-29 on the evening. Bergeron and Ryan Spooner each had 5 shots.
Kevan Miller, with his assist on the opening goal, now has a three-game point streak (1-2-3).
Despite Boston's advantage in shots, Toronto hung around thanks in large part to Bernier's 42 saves, as well as goals from Leo Komarov and noted Bruins-killer Shawn Matthias.
Toronto's bid to take the lead late in the third period was thwarted when a Tuukka Rask turnover brought-out a Torey Krug nomination for save of the year. Krug, from his knees, stopped a P.A. Parenteau shot and cleared his own rebound.
Joe Morrow, in the lineup for the first time since the outdoor game that didn't happen, committed an unforced turnover which led to the Maple Leafs first goal. The 23-year-old settled in as the game wore on and played a relatively solid 13:06.
Zac Rinaldo picked up fighting major number 5 on the season, exchanging adult-punches with Maple Leafs goon Richard Clune in the first period.
The Bruins travel to Montreal on Monday in preparation for Tuesday's clash against the rival Canadiens at Centre Bell.