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BSJ Game Report: Bruins 2, Avalanche 1 (OT) – McAvoy continues to roll, Marchand wins it

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 2-1 overtime win over the Avalanche in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis…

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Bruins snap losing streak to Avs, stay afloat: The last time the Bruins beat the Avalanche in the friendly confines of TD Garden ... well, the rink was actually called the FleetCenter, and both “Titanic” and “Good Will Hunting” were still in theaters. It wasn’t easy — with both the B’s and Avs running on fumes for most of the afternoon after a busy week of action — but Boston did enough to earn two points for the second night in a row, as Brad Marchand lit the lamp at 4:03 into overtime to close out a 2-1 win. With the victory, Boston has now clinched a point in seven straight games, and snapped an 0-11-1 losing skid to Colorado at the Garden — with the B’s last home win against the club coming back on March 30, 1998.

Of course, this seven-game point streak has left a bit to be desired — considering Boston has come up short in games against teams currently outside of the playoff picture in the Rangers and Flyers — but the B’s are still keeping afloat in the Atlantic Division, while taking advantage of this homestand with a 10-day road trip coming up.

Charlie McAvoy is on a roll: Don’t look now, but it looks like Charlie McAvoy is finally looking like he’s back up to speed — because the 21-year-old defenseman was downright dominant on Sunday. A day removed from stating that he felt as though he was turning a corner after a couple of months sidetracked by injury, McAvoy imposed his will from the blue line against the Avalanche, logging a team-high 25:34 TOI with a 55 CF% during 19:13 of 5v5 play.

In particular, McAvoy excelled against his main matchup of the night in the Avs’ potent top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog — as Boston managed to outshoot the trio, 9-7, during the over 11 minutes of 5v5 play in which that line and McAvoy were out at the same time. Boston’s crop of sophomore skaters have largely disappointed this season, but it looks like McAvoy is rounding back into form just in time for the stretch run.”

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