The Bruins recovered from a late goal to regain the lead outlast the Kings, 3-1, Saturday at TD Garden.
Saturday marked David Pastrnak’s second game on the third line with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly. The line came through with the game-winning goal, with Soderberg carrying the puck around the offensive zone and firing a shot from the blueline that Kelly tipped past Jonathan Quick.
The Kings had evened the score minutes earlier when a Jordan Nolan shot off the rush took an odd trajectory (potentially going off Dougie Hamilton’s stick) as it sailed past Tuukka Rask.
Brad Marchand scored the Bruins’ first goal, beating Quick with 2:40 remaining in the second period. Marchand thought he had scored late in the first period, but replays confirmed that the puck was shot well after the period had ended. He would add an empty netter to give him 15 goals on the season.
Here are four more things we learned Saturday night:
Loui Eriksson was hit into the boards by Robyn Regehr with less than five minutes to play. He did not return to the game.
We’ll monitor this going forward, as Eriksson suffered two concussions last season.
2 Us, 2 Ks, 2 DEFENSEMEN OWE RASK
In a tightly played physical battle between two of the league’s more defensively sound teams, odd-man rushes were few and far between. The Kings, however, got the best scoring chance of the night in the second period when Nick Shore slipped behind Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid and was fed a pass from Jordan Nolan in the neutral zone for a breakaway.
Shore had ample time and space ‘ there literally was not a defender in the frame of replays as he slowed up and tried to deke Rask ‘ but Rask stopped Shore’s forehand bid and held onto the rebound to keep the game scoreless.
All of Boston’s top-four defensemen finished with minus Corsi’s on the night. Torey Krug and Kevan Miller were the only Boston defenders with positive Corsis.
PENALTY KILL STAYS SHARP
The officials more or less let the teams play Saturday night, as each team was assessed just one penalty on the night. Jeff Carter went off for a cross-check to Adam McQuaid’s head a few minutes into the second period, while Patrice Bergeron was called for an offensive zone trip with 28 seconds left in the second.
With Bergeron, one of the best penalty killers in the league, in the box, Boston’s red-hot penalty kill carried on. The B’s even managed a decent stay in the offensive zone during the penalty kill with Daniel Paille and Dennis Seidenberg getting shorthanded chances.
The Bruins have now killed off 41 of their opponents’ last 43 power plays.
JULIEN STICKS WITH SAME LINEUP
After Jordan Caron took the fourth line’s first line rush in morning skate, it appeared the veteran wing would be in the lineup for Saturday night. That proved to be nothing more than a false alarm, as Craig Cunningham remained in the lineup on Gregory Campell’s line.
Furthermore, Claude Julien kept his same lines after shuffling his right wings against the Islanders. The lineup was as follows: