Bergeron, Marchand connect on familiar goal

Bergeron, Marchand connect on familiar goal
May 20, 2013, 12:45 am
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BOSTON – Nobody would be blamed if they thought they were suffering from a case of déjà vu in the third period of Game 2 against the New York Rangers. That’s because Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand teamed up for an insurance goal in the third period of Boston’s 5-2 win over the New York Rangers that was an exact carbon copy of their overtime game-winner in Game 1.

“Yeah, it was very similar. I was kind of hanging back there backdoor and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable pass again,” said Marchand, who scored his second goal of the playoffs and now has scores in two straight postseason games. “They always say you can’t turn the switch on in the playoffs, but guys care a lot more in playoff time. They really bear down and try harder in the playoffs.

“I think that’s just what’s happening right now. Guys are really trying to stay focused on doing their job in the third period. We know how important they are, especially after what we went through being down by a few goals. We know that it’s possible for any team to come back from any score, so we want to make sure we don’t let up.”

Matt Bartkowski, rather than Zdeno Chara, played the role of the Bruins defenseman poking the puck away from the New York Rangers, but it was Bergeron that once again transitioned into the offensive zone on a rush up the left wing. Bergeron carried the puck as Marchand headed straight to the backdoor at the far post, and Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi was caught in No Man’s Land in between the two high-powered offensive forwards.

Once again Marchand was ready for the tap-in that beat Henrik Lundqvist, and essentially closed out a Rangers team that’s highly incapable of generating enough offense to come back from a two goal deficit.

The goal also gave three of Boston’s four forward lines goals in the victory, as Milan Lucic later popped in the fifth and final score when he finished off a back-and-forth play with center David Krejci.

“We talked about it before we went out there in the third period, and we just had to make sure that we played to win. I didn’t want our guys playing on their heels. I don’t like our team when we play on our heels, and we’re just trying to protect a one goal lead. We’ve got to extend the lead and extend it even more before we even think about protecting it,” said Claude Julien. “But our guys are smart, they put pucks at the net, they went to the net hard, we won battles for those loose pucks, and we found a way to score those goals. [It was] a great job by [Milan] Lucic, for example, of putting on the breaks and standing there with a loose puck and banging it in. Those little details are what give us the opportunity to win those important games.”

Quite the opposite of the regular season and portions of the first round of the playoffs against the Maple Leafs, the Bruins are enjoying some impressive success finishing off intricate little plays like the Bergeron-to-Marchand score that’s paid off in each of the last two games.