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BSJ Game Report: Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1 (OT) – Marchand lifts B’s past Columbus, back on winning track

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

BOX SCORE

HEADLINES

B’s get back on track: It wasn’t easy, but the Bruins did just enough to get back in the win column against a desperate Columbus club still fighting for postseason positioning. Once again, Boston’s big guns did most of the heavy lifting on offense with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both lighting the lamp, while Jaroslav Halak held down the fort to stymie a Blue Jackets team that hung seven goals against the B’s less than a week ago.

Some of the recent flaws found in the Bruins’ game during this three-game losing skid, whether it be sluggish starts or poor D-zone coverage, were largely shored up on Saturday — with Boston not trailing at the end of 20 minutes for the first time since its last victory on March 9, while Columbus was limited to five scoring chances during that period.

With the Maple Leafs coming up short against the Senators, the Bruins also maintain their four-point lead for second place in the Atlantic. All in all, a nice step in the right direction for the Bruins after a miserable week.

Help is on the way: Obviously, a large portion of Boston’s woes as of late have been due to a large slew of injuries — but more and more reinforcements are on the way for the B’s. After missing the last five games due to a lower-body injury, Jake DeBrusk made his return to the lineup and slotted back into his usual spot on David Krejci’s line.

As a whole, the DeBrusk-Krejci-Coyle line was pretty effective against the Blue Jackets — as Boston held a 17-5 edge in shot attempts and a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal during 14:34 of 5v5 TOI in which that line was out on the ice.

Now, with David Pastrnak expected to be a full participant at practice on Monday and with both Matt Grzelcyk and Marcus Johansson likely set to start skating early in the week, Boston will soon have the personnel back to — at the very least — roll out an effective top-six unit.

THREE UP

Brad Marchand: Marchand provided the heroics during Saturday’s 2-1 win, ripping a shot past Joonas Korpisalo at 3:30 in overtime in what was his eighth game-winning of the season. With a two-point tonight, Marchand is now up to 87 points this year — a new career high for the winger.

Patrice Bergeron: Make that 800 career points for Bergeron, who tallied his 27th goal of the season at 5:51 in the first period while on the power play.

Jaroslav Halak: A great outing from Halak against a hungry Columbus team, stopping 24 of the 25 shots that came his way in the win — including a great glove stop on Zach Werenski late in regulation.

TWO DOWN

Third Line: Not too much generated from Boston’s new-look third line in Paul Carey, Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner — with the Blue Jackets holding a 12-8 edge in attempts and a 6-3 advantage in scoring chances during the 10:51 of 5v5 TOI that that Bruins' line was out on the ice. Columbus’ lone goal also came when the Kuraly line was out on the ice.

John Moore: A so-so outing from Moore, who landed zero shots on goal and posted a CF% of 46.15 in 18:53 of TOI while also being out on the ice for Matt Duchene’s goal — with the Blue Jackets’ center slipping past the B’s defenseman.

PLAY OF THE GAME

PARTING THOUGHT

Celly of the year from Marchand, who did his best impression of Conor McGregor with the MMA fighter in the building for tonight’s game.

LOOKING AHEAD

The Bruins will head back out on the road for a four-game road trip, starting with a matchup against the Islanders on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.