Marchand scores two goals, Bruins end the Devils’ 3-game winning streak
Newark, New Jersey There are a lot of new faces in the Boston Bruins this season and they are learning how to play together sometimes.
Two nights ago at home, they blew up their lead in the third, conceding three goals in the loss to Edmonton. The Bruins didn’t make the same mistake in New Jersey on Saturday.
Brad Marchand scored two goals, Jeremy Swayman saved 27 times, and Boston beat New Jersey 5-2, ending the Devils’ three winning streak.
“There have been some games this year where we either had the lead or were tired and they let us slip,” Marchand said. “So it was great tonight to be able to keep our composure and put a good third term together and separate that lead a little bit.”
Eric Hola, Patrice Bergeron and Jake Debrosek also scored as the Bruins ended their three-game losing streak on the road. Defensesman Charlie McAvoy added three assists to help Swayman win his third game in a row.
“Usually, there’s resistance to a storm, especially on the road, because they’re going to get their push and they’ve done that,” said coach Bruce Cassidy, who has five players in his first season with the Bruins. “So I think it all happened in the third. Then you get on the empty net and so you end up with three goals and you stretch the lead. So if you can write it down as a coach, that’s how you want to do it.”
Rookie Dawson Mercer and Jesper Pratt each had a goal and assist for New Jersey. Linematt Andreas Johnson added two passes.
“We only won two games by getting the pucks into the net, and getting 40 or 40 extra shots,” said Demons coach Lindy Raff. “Tonight we saw that we had two really great games on goals, but we didn’t get a lot of second chances because even when we got to the points line, we didn’t shoot a lot of pucks.”
Boston was never behind after Hula scored his first goal of the season at 17:37 in the first half.
Marchand extended the advantage to 2-0 early in the second half with a powerful goal.
Mercer cut the difference to a goal after just 28 seconds, capping a fast counter-attack. It was his fifth goal this season.
Marchand regained his two-goal difference after a little more than two minutes, hitting a rebound past Jonathan Bernier, who had saved 31 times.
Pratt pulled one back to 3-2 36 seconds before the break from a nice feed from Mercer, but Bergeron made it 4-2 midway through the third, tapping a David Pasternak rebound over the line. Register DeBrusk in an empty window.
Raff smiled when asked if he got tired of seeing the Bruins’ top lines Marchand, Pastrnak and Bergeron.
“They’re the typical guys you wish you were on your team so you don’t get bored of them,” said Rove. “We know that to win the game, you have to do your part to make sure it’s tied up.”
Notes: The two-goal performance marked Marchand’s 50th multi-goal game with Boston, putting him fifth in Bruins history with teammate Patrice Bergeron. … McAvoy has had at least two assists in three of his last five games. … Boston is now 2-4 on the road. … Devils F did not play Tyce Thompson because he was injured in the victory over the Islanders on Thursday.
Bruins: Coming home on Sunday to host the Canadians.
Devils: Cross the Hudson River to face the Rangers in New York on Sunday.
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