Bruins, Marchand Fight Back To Win Over Devils in 2-1 Shootout [VIDEO]
Tyler Seguin shot twice in the shootout due to a reckless hot dog, Brad Marchand “blacked out” before he shot, and yet somehow, the Bruins came out with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night at TD Garden.
Just another typical game, right?
Down 1-0 with under five minutes to go in the third period, the Bruins first line took it into the zone, desperate (though not panicked) for a goal. David Krejci brought the puck through the neutral zone and played a little give-and-go with Milan Lucic. Lucic passed it back to him through the slot, and from there Krejci found a waiting Nathan Horton who buried his third goal of the season, tying the game at 1-1.
“It was a great play by our linemates there, Looch [Lucic] made a great pass to Krech [Krejci] and Krech took everybody and left me wide open,” Horton said. “I just tried to get it to the net and I fanned on it but then it went in the right place.”
The game went into an extra frame where neither team could convert opportunities into goals. Inevitably, the shootout began.
Seguin was the first player sent out to take a shot. As he made his way through the blueline, and right before he shot the puck, a fan threw a piece of debris, or what Seguin thought might have been a hot dog, onto the ice right in front of Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg. Whatever it was, it was decided that Seguin had to redo the shot.
“I think it probably affected me more than the goalie,” Seguin said. “I don’t really understand how it affected him more, but someone looked up the rules, and I guess that it’s a do-over.
“To be honest, I was just angry, so I picked a new move in my head, and I was either going to do the same thing or go to my backhand, and when I got down there I decided to do my backhand.”
Seguin did score with his backhand as well and put the Bruins up 1-0 on the shootout. However, Devils superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk came right back and tied it up. Four shooters later, and it came to Brad Marchand. He skated in and took a quick shot that went through the five-hole of Hedberg to give the B’s the 2-1 lead, and it was enough to give them the win.
However, when asked what he was thinking before he took the shot, Marchand came up with a very strange–although entertaining–response.
“All I could hear was Segs [ Seguin] saying ‘go high, go high.’ But, I just kind of blacked out. I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I’m serious, I blacked out. I don’t know what happened. I just made a move and shot and looked back, and it was in.”
As weird as all of that sounds, up until the third period, the game looked and felt like a normal regular season game. The Bruins were playing in their first back-to-back game of the season and traveled from Carolina the night before. With their legs dragging in the beginning of the game, it took a fight from Shawn Thornton to infuse some excitement into the crowd and on the ice. He danced with Krystofer Barch for a while and each were awarded with a 5-minute fighting major.
The Bruins now boast a 5-0-1 record and have attained 10 of a possible 12 total points, despite the unorthodox scheduling of a shortened season. They faceoff again on Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.
“To me we’ve played some pretty good hockey so far early in this regular season,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. “And the games that weren’t quite as good as we should have been, we found a way to win. And to be a good team you’ve got to be able to do that, not every night is going to be a great night, but at the end of the day it’s how hard you’re willing to work to get that win and our guys have been good at answering that call.”