After being shut out on the score sheet in a Game 1 loss Saturday night to the Washington Capitals in their first-round series, the Boston Bruins top-six forwards bounced back in a big way in Game 2 Monday night.
They combined for six points and scored three of the Black and Gold’s four goals in a big 4-3 come-from-behind victory to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
In the Game 2 victory, newly acquired left wing, Taylor Hall, tied the game for the Bruins with a goal with 2:49 left in the game when he stuffed home a loose puck in Capitals’ goalie Craig Anderson’s blue paint. With their backs against the wall, the B’s responded and Hall did what he was brought here to do following the April 11 trade from the Buffalo Sabres, score postseason goals.
Hall’s goal allowed the Bruins a chance to win the game in overtime, something they took advantage of very early in the overtime.
David Krejci stole a Capitals’ clearing attempt in overtime, made a pass to Matt Grzelcyk, who in turn made a cross-ice pass himself to Brad Marchand, who buried the game-winner with a one-timer past, Anderson, just 39 seconds into the extra session to even the series.
After scoring the game-winning goal, Marchand skated toward the Bruins bench and launched himself into the air, only to be caught by Hall in the celebration. Hall, had a funny quote when asked about the celebration with Marchand and his teammates.
"“He doesn’t weight a lot and I’ve been lifting a lot lately, so it wasn’t really a problem.”"
That is coming from someone who certainly feels comfortable with his new team and how could he not? Since his arrival, the Bruins have been one of the better teams in the NHL and Hall sounds like someone who is enjoying his time in Boston.
Hopefully, Marchand, Hall, and their teammates have a few more celebrations this postseason.