A two-goal deficit and a sluggish opening 30 minutes of play weren't enough to deter the Bruins on Friday afternoon, as Boston rallied back against the New York Rangers in the third period, forcing overtime before eventually capping off a 3-2 victory by way of a David Krejci bullet in the extra stanza.
A familiar culprit secured the equalizer for Boston just 4:27 in the third, with David Pastrnak blasting a Krejci feedpast Henrik Lundqvist to knot things up at two goals apiece. The source of the scoring wasn’t much of a surprise for Boston, but Pastrnak’s linemates were — at least on the wing.
While Krejci has filled in for Patrice Bergeron (lower-body injury) for the last three games, Brad Marchand was nowhere to be found when Pastrnak lit the lamp, with Jake DeBrusk slotting in on Boston’s top line during the shift.
Marchand certainly heard the roar of the TD Garden crowd when Pastrnak fired home his 24th goal of the year, but he couldn’t get back out on the bench quite yet.
"That was nice,” Marchand said postgame of hearing the crash of noise from Pastrnak’s snipe. “It was a good feeling, but you want to be out there with the guys. Not sitting in the back room when you shouldn’t be.”
Despite securing another two points in what was Boston’s sixth straight victory, Marchand was mighty steamed in the B’s locker room postgame — and for good reason.