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Brad Marchand is on pace for 39 goals. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)Brad Marchand often downplays his skill level, saying simple plays are all he has in his repertoire. 



It appeared Brad Marchand‘€™s goal-per-game pace of late would finally be slowed when the Bruins went to overtime without against the Sabres Saturday without a tally from their leading goal scorer.

It appeared Brad Marchand‘€™s goal-per-game pace of late would finally be slowed when the Bruins went to overtime without against the Sabres Saturday without a tally from their leading goal scorer.

Then, with 2:28 remaining in the 3-on-3 session, Marchand was awarded a penalty shot on which he converted to give the Bruins a 2-1 overtime victory over the Sabres.

The goal was Marchand’€™s 24th goal of the season and ninth in as many games. With the win, the Bruins now have points in all three games since returning from the All-Star break (2-0-1).

The Bruins will next play Monday, when they host the Kings in Boston’€™s last home game before a six-game road trip.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday:

ERIKSSON SNAPS OUT OF SCORING DROUGHT

Loui Eriksson had gone nine games without a goal entering Saturday, but he stopped his skid with a first-period tally.

Eriksson’€™s goal came as a result of a heads up play by David Krejci, who intercepted a Cody Franson pass and fed the puck to David Pastrnak at the left circle. Pastrnak executed a perfect slap pass down low to Eriksson, who had the entire net and plenty of time to work with as he put the puck in for his 16th goal of the season.

Speaking of that Krejci line, Pastrnak was leaps and bounds better Saturday than he was in Boston’€™s first two games back from the All-Star break. In addition to playing better with the puck and assisting Eriksson’€™s goal, Pastrnak came an inch away from a huge third-period goal, as his bid rang iron.

CONNOLLY DROUGHT REACHES NEW LOW

You would think things couldn’€™t go much worse in the goal-scoring department. You would be wrong.

Connolly, who has scored just once on a goaltender over his last 28 games, blew a couple of chances Saturday night, the first of which saw him miss the net on a redirection. To be fair, that happens with players every game. This, however, does not.

MORROW IN FOR COLIN MILLER

Colin Miller was made a healthy scratch as Joe Morrow entered the lineup after sitting out the previous four games. Morrow skated on the second pairing, moving Dennis Seidenberg to the right side. He also played the point on the second power play unit in place of Colin Miller.

With Morrow in, the lineup was as such:

Marchand-Bergeron-Connolly
Eriksson-Krejci-Pastrnak
Beleskey-Spooner-Hayes
Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro

Chara-Trotman
Morrow-Seidenberg
Krug-Kevan Miller

Rask

POWER PLAY REMAINS SILENT

The Bruins were 0-for-2 on the man advantage Saturday, making them just 2 for their last 29 over their last 10 games.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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The Bruins sent center Joonas Kemppainen to Providence on Friday. He will play Friday night against Albany.

Joonas Kemppainen

Joonas Kemppainen

The Bruins sent center Joonas Kemppainen to Providence on Friday.

Kemppainen, a 27-year-old center who came to the NHL from Finland this offseason, has struggled in his first North American season. In 35 games for the Bruins, Kemppainen has one goal and two assists for three points. He has won 51.4 percent of his faceoffs but posted poor possession numbers. His Relative Corsi of -16.4 ranks 17th among 20 Bruins skaters with at least 20 games played this season.

Kemppainen was a healthy scratch in both of the Bruins’€™ post All-Star break contests leading up to his demotion.

Friday’s move leaves the Bruins with 22 players on their NHL roster, one shy of the maximum. Adam McQuaid figures to come off injured reserve soon, though he has yet to take contact as he works his way back from an upper-body injury. McQuaid practiced with the Bruins Friday after taking part in Thursday’s morning skate.

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DJ Bean
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The Bruins took a break from blowing third-period leads against bad teams by coming back against a bad team Thursday. Either way, two points is two points.

After allowing the game’€™s first goals, the Bruins came back to force overtime and eventually take a 3-2 shootout victory over the Sabres as they bounced back from Tuesday’€™s ugly overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.

The Bruins took a break from blowing third-period leads against bad teams by coming back against a bad team Thursday. Either way, two points is two points.

After allowing the game’€™s first goals, the Bruins came back to force overtime and eventually take a 3-2 shootout victory over the Sabres as they bounced back from Tuesday’€™s ugly overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.

Ryan Spooner, who scored his 11th goal of the season during regulation, scored the only goal of the shootout as Tuukka Rask stood tall against all three of Buffalo’€™s shooters. The victory moved the Bruins into sole possession of third place in the Atlantic Division, as they now trail only the Lightning and Panthers in the division.

The Bruins survived a Patrice Bergeron penalty in overtime that saw Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg play the entire two minutes of 4-on-3, with Seidenberg making a diving save on Ryan O’€™Reilly with Tuukka Rask recovering from a previous save.

Here are four more things we learned Thursday:

MARCHAND DOES IT HIMSELF

Brad Marchand‘€™s 23rd goal of the season will surely end up on his highlight reel. Marchand got the puck in the Bruins’€™ zone at the tail end of a Sabres power play and proceeded to wheel around and skate past four Buffalo players before sending a backhander past Chad Johnson.

Marchand now has eight goals in his last eight games, with last Tuesday’€™s loss to the Ducks the only game in that span in which he hasn’€™t scored.

FERRARO MOVES UP AGAIN

For the second straight game, Claude Julien moved Landon Ferraro up to the right wing of David Krejci‘€™s line in place of David Pastrnak late in the third period.

Pastrnak had a bit of a wonky night, with a mixup between the young forward and Kevan Miller resulting in a goal against. With the Bruins in the offensive zone in the first period, Pastrnak went hard after a loose puck but backed off when a pinching Miller wound up for a slap shot. They both ended up backing off the puck, allowing the Sabres to the take the puck the other way. Shortly after Brian Gionta hit the post, Evander Kane scored to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. 

ERIKSSON RUNNING COLD

Pointing out when Loui Eriksson’€™s production has dipped is like pointing out when Patrice Bergeron‘€™s production has dipped: points are only part of the reason they’€™re star players.

Still, this has been a very good offensive season for the three-zone player and Eriksson hasn’€™t gone quiet often. With no points on Thursday, however, he now has just one point (an assist) over his last six games. Eriksson has not score a goal in nine games.

POWER PLAY, TOO

In going 0-for-4 on the power play, the Bruins have just two power play goals to show for their last nine games, a span in which they’€™ve been 2-for-27 on the man advantage.

The Bruins had a power play in overtime as a result of a slashing penalty against Kane, but failed to convert. Patrice Bergeron nearly but the game away during the man advantage but was robbed by Johnson.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean