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Marchand stays hot, scores twice as B’s beat Kings 3-2

Jan 20, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT

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Brad Marchand is on fire.

The Boston winger scored twice on Monday — and now has six goals in his last four games — to pace Boston to a 3-2 matinee win over visiting Los Angeles.

Backup goalie Chad Johnson had one of his finest outings of the year, stopping 21 of 22 shots, as the Bruins collected three of a possible four points off the last two Stanley Cup champs (the B’s lost in a shootout, 3-2, to Chicago on Sunday).

Monday’s game was a testy affair with several big hits and an impressive comeback by the Kings, who erased a two-goal deficit when Jeff Carter scored his 19th of the season at the 8:35 mark of the third period.

The equalizer was short-lived, however, and it was Marchand that provided the heroics — first, with this highlight-reel marker:

He then scored his second of the game just 18 seconds after Carter tied it, rifling home a Reilly Smith feed past Jonathan Quick. The goal gave Marchand 16 on the year, putting him one past Smith for the team lead — an impressive feat, considering Marchand had just five goals in the first 34 games of the season.

Torrey Krug scored the other goal for Boston, his 11th of the season. That puts him one back of Shea Weber for most among all NHL defensemen.

Willie Mitchell got L.A.’s opening tally, his first of the year. It was Mitchell’s first goal since Mar. 2012.

  1. sixchr - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Marchand’s 1 on 4 goal on the penalty kill was filthy.

    • sjsblitz - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      5 if you count Quick. What a goal!!

    • patthehockeyfan - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      Kings’ fan here. Agree with both of you. Oy! Still SMH.

    • amityvillefun - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      100% agree.

  2. bruinsfan55 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Awesome to see Marchand scoring again. This is the best he has played since the 2011 playoff run

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Exactly what I saw. He started costing the team early in the SCF and management had to sit him down and have a talk. The rest of the series he was a completely different player. Now they had to sit him down again after the Vancouver fiasco and he’s been playing really well ever since. If they can keep him under control, it will be huge for their top 6.

  3. areaman714 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Not a big deal, really, put three in against the Kings and your probability of winning in regulation is 90 percent . . . The probability of getting a point is 99 percent. Well done B’s regardless!

  4. shortsxit34 - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    It’s good to see Marchand concentrating on hockey rather than just being a pest. There’s that line between being an agitator and being a punk, and he’s crossed it a few times.

    He’s actually a pretty solid player, he can score (his shorty today was filthy), he draws penalties, he’s not afraid to dish it out in the corners or take abuse in front of the net–he’s the type of player the Bruins desperately need right now with their non-existent offense. You can see the difference in his play since that meeting with Julien and management after the Vancouver incident. If they manage to keep him under control, it’ll be a huge boost.

  5. Moop - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    When Marchand is hot it’s like he can do no wrong with the puck. It’s awesome to see this guy now lead the Bruins in goals scored, considering his struggles earlier this season.

  6. blackhawks2010 - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Marchand is on fire, he’s all over the place and skating very well. Watch out East

  7. wtfkwp - Jan 20, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    B’s played a great game. Kings lost focus at key points. Marchand is really a beast right now.

  8. matt14gg - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    “Goal of the Year” candidate.

  9. amityvillefun - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Marchand has an “extra gear” he hits when he is on. It’s like his “ball of hate” mode or something.

    Anyway, this should silence the “trade Marchand” talk for a little while.

    If you play like that Brad on a regular basis, they won’t call you a pest or a rat….they’ll start calling you a superstar.

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