This is what Bruins fans have been waiting for all season long. The Bruins offense has been invisible all season. They haven’t put together an offensive outburst probably since the game at Lake Tahoe against the Flyers. Today, that decided to change. It is such a shame that Brad Marchand will never win an MVP. He is by far the most important player on this team, but his past history gets in the way of that. He gave this team a much-needed spark in the second period to bring the Bruins offense alive.
The biggest downfall from both sides in this game has to be goaltending. After a solid outing on Thursday, Casey DeSmith had a rotten game today. He allowed six goals on 27 shots after making 30 saves on Thursday. Jaroslav Halak was back in the crease for Boston in today’s game. He didn’t have the best outing either. He stopped 23 shots on 28 attempts, but still got the win thanks to the Bruins offense. After all of this, the Bruins take this game by a score of 7-5.
It was a perfect afternoon for Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63).
— NHL (@NHL) April 3, 2021
Marchand Sparks Bruins
Brad Marchand is one of the most hated people in the NHL. His amazing set of skills with the puck are often shadowed from his history of antics. There is one thing that is certain for Marchand. He is one hell of offensive talent. After the Penguins took a 3-2 lead thanks to a Jared McCann goal, Marchand took over. He scores his first goal thanks to a silky feed from Matt Grzelcyk to tie the game at 3. After that, he sets up David Krejci on the power-play for the lead. He caps off an amazing period by ripping home a goal in the final 15 seconds to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead.
Marchand is the anchor of this Bruins offense and rightfully so. Even after Bruce Cassidy broke up the line of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak, Marchand found a way to produce on a new level. He capped off an amazing day by getting an empty-net goal for the hattrick.
Defense Still an Issue in Boston
Despite the Bruins offense taking off today, don’t let it distract you from the defense. The Bruins gave up way too many high danger chances to Pittsburgh in this game. You can’t always rely on your goaltender to make a save to bail you out. Luckily, the Bruins got enough from Jaroslav Halak to hang on for the win. if Don Sweeney is smart, he needs to acquire a defenseman at this deadline. The Bruins need a shutdown guy who can play offense to make a run at the Cup this season.
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