Great players redeem themselves when they mess up a play or have an off night.
That was never truer than in the Bruins’ 3-2 win at Carolina on Tuesday.
For the second straight game, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was beaten more often than victorious in at the faceoff dots Tuesday. He went 12-for-30, including 6-for-19 against Jordan Staal. Both Hurricanes goals were the direct result of a Bergeron faceoff loss.
Left wing Brad Marchand took a silly slashing penalty away from the puck 4:55 into the second period, postponing the resurgence of the Bruins’ offense, which went more than 100 minutes over the course of three games without a goal against a goaltender.
But Bergeron and Marchand are two thirds of the best line in hockey – regardless of who their right wing is – because mistakes are just small bumps on the road to eventual redemption and spectacular plays.
By the time the Bruins were done securing their two standings points in Raleigh, Marchand had two goals and Bergeron had three assists.
Jake DeBrusk found his skating legs and was effective as the first forechecker for Bergeron and Marchand, creating room for the dynamic duo to do their magic once the puck was turned over.
Against the team that went into Tuesday’s game leading the league in shots on net per game (41.5), the Bruins were outshot 44-31. Jaroslav Halak continued his half of the Bruins’ goaltender debate with 42 saves to increase his save percentage to .947. Zdeno Chara, Brandon Carlo and others chipped in with some timely defensive plays.
But Bergeron and Marchand did the most of bury the Bruins’ mistakes, including ones they individually made, and get Boston a bounce-back win three nights after their deflating defeat to Montreal.