Marchand nets another game-winner for B's

Marchand nets another game-winner for B's
March 2, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Just call Brad Marchand the money man as he once again had ice water running through his Nose Face Killah veins when the game was on the line.

The Bruins winger potted his team-leading 11th goal of the season in the third period to power the Bruins to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday at TD Garden. It was his fourth game-winning goal for the Bruins this season, pulling him into a tie with Eric Staal and James Neal for the NHL lead in the clutch goal-scoring category.

“You always want to be on the ice in those big situations. I’ve always loved to be in those situations growing up,” said Marchand. “It’s nice to get the confidence up to know when you’re in that situation, you’re comfortable and you can make the right play.

“Those are the goals you want to get, the important ones. It’s at the right time. It’s just how it goes sometimes. I don’t look too much into it. It’s more just continuing to do the little things right and hopefully the goals come.”

The goal also pulled Marchand into a tie with Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter for eighth in the NHL in overall goals scored, and it was pure, unadulterated Marchand. The Bruins were on a power play after Tampa Bay defenseman Brendan Mikkelson was whistled for a double-minor high-sticking call against Milan Lucic, and Marchand had the puck in the offensive zone.

He was drilled from behind with a cross-check against the side boards that went uncalled, and spent the next 15 seconds jawing with the referees about the non-call as the puck moved into Boston’s defensive zone. So Marchand was well behind the rest of the play when the puck bounced off the wall toward him and Patrice Bergeron as they both sped out of the zone.

“He was just setting himself up,” said a smiling Claude Julien. “That’s what good goal-scorers do. They set themselves up and they get the right gap. He was in the right place at the right time.”

Bergeron and Marchand had Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman on his heels, and Mathieu Garon was so far outside of the Lightning net that he couldn’t recover once Bergeron slid Marchand the cross-ice pass. So, Marchand had the whole side of the net to shoot for, and the Bruins winger isn’t missing those kinds of shots this season.

“We’ve had a lot of two-on-ones together so we know where we’re going. So I was just looking at [Mathieu] Garon and I felt like he was on my side a lot, cheating on my side a lot,” said Bergeron. “So I just tried to fake the kind of hold the pass a little bit to make a little easier for Marshy [Brad Marchand] to shoot it.”

When a player such as Marchand, who scores on 32.4 percent of the shots that he takes (second in the NHL), gets a golden scoring chance, it’s as good as done. The Bruins agitator has gone well beyond a nice scoring option for Boston, and Marchand is now the one guy that opposing teams don’t want to see with the puck on his stick when the game’s on the line in the third period.

Once again it was for Marchand the Bruins on Saturday afternoon, and once again he made it look like child’s play.