Brad Marchand scored the Game 2-winning goal in overtime to allow the Boston Bruins to tie their first-round series against the Washington Capitals.
Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has embraced his role as a pest on the ice, with the goal of getting under his opponent’s skin. While it can lead to numerous trips to the penalty box, Marchand offsets them with his scoring ability. That was the case during Game 2 of Boston’s first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Washington Capitals on Monday.
After a penalty-riddled game, Marchand showed up when it mattered most for the Bruins. With both teams heading to overtime with a 3-3 tie, Marchand ended things 39 seconds in with a one-timer goal off an impressive pass from defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to secure the 4-3 win and tie up the series 1-1.
Bruins: Brad Marchand’s eventful game ends with overtime-winning goal against the Washington Capitals
As mentioned, the game was an eventful one for Marchand.
At one point in the game, Marchand was knocked down while going after the puck in the crease. As he was on the ground, it appeared as though Capitals winger Garnet Hathaway kneeled on Marchand’s back. Marchand was infuriated to the point of hitting defenseman Brenden Dillon low as he got off the ice, and he was sent to the penalty box for two minutes for roughing as a result.
In the second period, Marchand got into a physical exchange with Washington winger Anthony Mantha, which ended with the Bruin tapping the Capital in the head with his hockey stick multiple time. The referees had enough, as Marchand received a minor penalty for slashing, while Mantha received an offsetting high-sticking penalty.
Overall, Marchand tallied one goal, five shots on goal, three hits and four penalty minutes in a little over 19 minutes of ice time.
The Bruins now head back to Boston with momentum, as they look to take a 2-1 series lead on Wednesday for Game 3.