There was plenty to celebrate in the Boston Bruins 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars. Forward Brad Marchand and defenceman Torey Krug set new career highs as part of the win.
The Boston Bruins took care of business against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Their 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars protects their three point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. While it was a good win for the team, several players ended up with career milestones.
Brad Marchand and Torey Krug both earned career best performances as part of the B’s victory.
The first period saw sloppy play from both teams. Turnovers came quickly and often from all sides, but the B’s found a way to capitalize on Dallas errors. Three quarters of the way through the period, Marchand tipped in a David Backes shot past Stars netminder Antti Niemi for an early 1-0 lead.
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That goal was Brad Marchand’s 38th goal of the season. It also officially made him a point-per-game player in earning his 82nd point of the season. Marchand’s stats against the rest of the league are still impressive. He’s second in goals, third in points, and in the top ten for assists.
Marchand wasn’t alone in setting milestones in the Black and Gold. Torey Krug earned his 50th point of the season on the Bruins second goal. It’s the first time in his four year career he’s hit the 50 point mark.
"“Backs[David Backes] just did a great job at getting the initial shot and creating some traffic and getting the puck over. A bit of a lucky bounce. But again, Backs did a great job on that goal. That was all him.” – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand on his 38th goal of the season (according to the Boston Bruins website)."
While Marchand and Krug were the big names on the tally sheet last night, a couple of brother Bruins found themselves earning footnotes in the win. Bruins forward David Krejci played his 700th career game, all in the Black in Gold. Goalie Tuukka Rask earned his seventh shutout of the season, tying his personal best (2013-14) for most shutouts in a season.
If the Boston Bruins can continue to play at this level, then they’re going to find themselves in the postseason.