Talking Points: B's leaders show up to play

Talking Points: B's leaders show up to play
November 29, 2013, 4:45 pm
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GOLD STAR: Zdeno Chara looking much more like the players Bruins fans are accustomed to seeing as he collected the second Gordie Howe hat trick of his Boston career while also potting the game-winning goal in the third period. He executed a sweet cross-ice pass in the first period on Brad Marchand’s goal, sparked the Bruins with a rare show of fisticuffs against an unwitting Brian Boyle in the second period and then bombed away the winning shot from the slot in the third. Two points, seven generated shot attempts and a plus-2 rating in 19:50 of ice time for the B’s captain, who was very good from the beginning of the second period onward.

HONORABLE MENTION: A big game-tying goal for Patrice Bergeron that ricocheted off Ryan McDonagh before rattling it’s way into the back of the net, and a solid all-around effort after going through a stretch of six straight games with zero points. The three shots on net and 11-of-16 face-off wins were good to see for No. 37, but the offensive aggressiveness looking for his own shot is something that can elevate Bergeron’s game when it’s there. It was there on Friday afternoon, and now the two-way center’s slump is over.

BLACK EYE: No shots on net and a minus-1 rating for Brad Richards, who was pretty invisible throughout the contest in an effort remarkably similar to his disappearing act in last year’s playoffs. Rick Nash finished as a minus-2, but that beast mode goal he scored in the first period when he broke through Chara and Patrice Bergeron was ultra-impressive.

TURNING POINT: Zdeno Chara was likely just coming to the aid of David Krejci once he started getting pushed around by the 6-foot-7, 244-pound Brian Boyle, but it turned into much more than that in the come-from-behind win. Chara eventually dropped the gloves on the unwitting Boyle, and smashed him with a couple of overhand rights before Boyle eventually decided that he’d had enough. The fight sparked the Bruins, who played at a much higher level for the rest of the contest against a Rangers team that couldn’t hang in the final period.

BY THE NUMBERS: 101 – the Rangers had been unbeaten in that many consecutive games when leading after two periods (95-0-6) before Monday’s loss, a streak that dated back to 2010.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We felt really bad about that. Those kinds of games [like the 6-1 loss to Detroit] do happen and it’s just the way you have to bounce back and regroup from nights like that. I thought today we did a pretty good job.” –Zdeno Chara leading the way for the Bruins in a rebound win over the Rangers on a nationally televised NBC game.