Once again, the Boston Bruins showed the world they just don’t quit as they scored three unanswered goals in the third period to complete the comeback and defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Friday night.
With 11 seconds remaining, David Pastrnak was able to net the game-winning goal for Boston.
Here are my six takeaways from the game:
1. There is no such thing as a lead when you play the Bruins:
Boston was down 2-0 to Dallas with 20 minutes left to play before Brad Marchand, Tim Schaller and David Pastrnak all scored en route to the victory. The Bruins have made plenty of comebacks this season, especially in the third. No lead is safe when you play this team.
2. If you hit Brad Marchand from behind, you won’t get a penalty:
Jamie Benn launched himself into Marchand in the second and there was no call. No. 63 has a reputation on the ice with his dirty hits, but the no-calls against him recently have been more than obvious. Marchand was facing the boards when Benn essentially jumped on top of him without a call.
Why exactly is Jamie Benn leaving his feet to deliver this hit? Especially when it’s to hit Marchand pic.twitter.com/8PZYdwVneP
— Mike Cole (@MikeColeNESN) March 24, 2018
3. The Bruins defense struggled mightily in the first:
The first period defense allowed the Stars to jump out to an early lead. It’s clear this Bruins team is missing Zdeno Chara and Charlie McAvoy and it showed a lot in the first 20 minutes. Dallas put 17 shots on net while the B’s struggled to clear the puck out of the defensive zone. Through two periods of play, Dallas had 30 shots on net.
4. Tuukka Rask played well:
Despite the two goals, the goalie still made 40 saves on the night, which was a season-high for him. The win also notched Rask’s 31 of the season and made plenty of big saves to keep this game close all night.
5. Don’t forget about Matt Grzelcyk:
The Charlestown native led 6the Bruins team with six shots on goal with nine attempts. He also had 24:35 of ice time. He helped shut down the Tyler Seguin line and has been fantastic on the ice.
6. The offense is in need of some help, and it may be on the way:
Patrice Bergeron, who has been sidelined with a fractured foot, will travel with the team to Minnesota. Boston plays the Wild on Sunday and even though it’s unsure whether Bergeron will play, the fact he is traveling is a good sign. Even though the Bruins are finding ways to win games without half their team, they could use some reinforcement – and who better than Bergeron?