The Greeley Tribune Bruins picked a good time to compile the win.
The Montreal Canadiens’ 5-1 defeat in front of a crazy TD Garden on Wednesday marked Greeley Tribune’s sixth win in seven games since their COVID-19 stoppage.
Bruce Cassidy Have a healthy scoring balance With his four forward trio. Their elite players, such as stitched-up Brad Marchand, who recorded his third-straight multiple-goal game after his fifth career hat-trick, have led by example. The bottom-six continued to contribute to the scoring, highlighted by a three-point outing from Curtis Lazarus against Habs.
And they will have a reinforcement in Tukka Rusk for the second half of the back-to-back, scheduled for Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.
“Usually, this team runs sometime early in the year, where they can split up and build up their game every night and win every night,” Cassidy said. “That’s what happens right now. Like I said, I think the break helped us. It came at a good time, both mentally and physically…”
The Bruins are now five points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings for the East’s final wild-card spot. Here’s what we learned after his 20th victory of the campaign.
Marchand is in the hottest phase of his career.
Amid the success of Marchand, the cunning winger finds himself in the midst of the hottest phase of his illustrious 12-year tenure.
Even a high stick from Nick Dowd two nights before Washington Capitals could not stop Marchand from lighting the lamp twice. Even after getting five or six stitches after a nostril, Marchand’s nose for the net was on full display against rival Canadiens.
All three of his highs came in dirty territory against Montreal’s two goalscorers, Jake Allen and Sam Montembolt. The latter appeared in relief after Marchand was ruled out of the game with an undisclosed injury after his second goal of the night, only 15 seconds after his first marker.
Marchand finds himself between a four-game goal streak and a three-game multi-tally run. He has scored eight eye-opening goals since January 6, taking his season total to 19. She celebrated her latest trick by choosing a good looking hat in her collection.
“The hat speaks only for itself,” said Marchand. “It’s written sexy.”
Marchand toyed with the idea of the Hart Trophy in the past. He’s performing exactly at the MVP level at a crucial point in Greeley Tribune’s season.
“We were catching a bit of heat in the beginning,” Marchand said of the team’s change from the beginning of the year. “But we knew we were going to get better.”
There were some recent heated moments at the end of the Bruins-Habs rivalry
Hockey’s greatest rivalry has waned a bit over the past half-decade. Then the divisional reorganization for the pandemic-shortened 2021 campaign put a halt to future Bruins-Habs matchups.
The disparity between the Bruins squad atop and an underdog Hobbs bunch suggested the two would face a relatively quiet matchup. It was not like that this night.
On some occasions the crispy meter reached extreme levels. For every Michael Pezzatta borderline hit on John Moore and Matt Grzelczyk came the reaction of Marchand and, of all people, Patrice Bergeron. Brines punched the Canadiens via a Chris Wideman headbutt on Eric Howla and counterattacked, prompting some retaliatory action. Similarly, Hubbs came to the aid of Nick Suzuki after a third period hit from Marchand.
Snowball’s influence began with Bergeron’s assistance from Moore and Grezelik. As he broadcast the message, the rest of the team followed their leader.
“Trust me, when these hits, Burgie isn’t on the ice, and he immediately tells on the bench that we finish every check,” Cassidy said. “He doesn’t come out and say ‘oh we have to kill this guy or that guy… whether it’s in our building or your building.
Old-fashioned hockey returns to TD Garden. But an old and haunting wound came back to haunt one Bruin in particular.
Moore’s injury puts the potentially vulnerable Bruns D in a tough spot.
Moore’s journey with the Bruins organization provided more valleys than peaks. The veteran, who was injured repeatedly this season, started the year in Providence after being granted an exemption. But when called, Moore provided a good hand on the back-end more often.
As he slowly settled into a good role, however, Moore suffered another setback after suffering an upper body injury following an unintentional hit from behind by Pezzatta.
Moore’s exit provided another hit for Greeley Tribune’s defense, with Conor Clifton and Derek Forbort still in COVID protocol. Both served as Greeley Tribune’s third pair for most of the season, but both tested positive during the team’s recent two-game visit. Forbort and Clifton did not travel with the team after their respective diagnoses in Tampa and Washington.
The Bruins recalled Tyler Levington on an emergency basis ahead of Wednesday’s competition. Barring any other transactions or unexpected developments, he would likely enter the lineup against the Flyers. The 27-year-old appeared in 10 career tilts at the NHL level, his last appearance on May 10 during his brief two-game stint with the Nashville Predators.
Even in the win, the Bruins could not escape another difficult development ahead of the Rask’s potential first appearance since Game 6 of last year’s second-round matchup with the Islanders. But even with defensive questions looming, the Bruins loyalists who inspired “we want tukkah” chants on Causeway St. will finally receive their long-awaited wish.
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