Monday, January 20, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Bruins 3, Kings 2
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Brad Marchand continues to produce for the Bruins. His two goals helped Boston to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday afternoon at TD Garden.
After scoring a pair of goals during Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, Marchand extended his hot streak to seven points (six goals and one assist) in the past four games with another two-goal performance against the Kings.
Teammate Torey Krug also scored for the Bruins, while goaltender Chad Johnson finished with 21 saves. Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick made 20 saves.
Marchand has been playing well the last few games and he recorded his 15th goal of the season with a shorthanded tally to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 12:07 of the first period. He created an outstanding individual effort and finished with the goal by beating Quick to the five-hole.
From a physical standpoint, Krug was getting banged around in the opening period, but he responded with a power-play goal at 17:51 of the first. He gained control of the puck and took a slap shot from the left faceoff circle, and with Zdeno Chara in front screening Quick, the puck found the back of the net to give Boston a 2-0 lead.
The Kings cut their deficit when Willie Mitchell scored his first goal of the season at 4:04 of the second period. Boston created a few quality scoring chances in the second, but Quick made the timely saves to keep the Bruins' advantage at one.
Los Angeles tied it at 2-2 when the Kings' Jeff Carter scored a power-play goal at 8:35 of the third period.
Boston quickly answered and regained the lead on Marchand's second goal of the game at 8:53 to give the Bruins a 3-2 advantage. It was Marchand's 16th goal of the season.
REINFORCEMENTS: Since Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is sidelined due to a leg injury he suffered Sunday in Chicago, Boston recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence of the AHL and he was in the lineup against the Kings. Trotman made his NHL debut with the Bruins on Dec. 28 at Ottawa before he returned to the P-Bruins. Bruins coach Claude Julien said McQuaid was evaluated by the team's medical staff Monday and the Bruins are hoping the injury won't keep him sidelined for long. "Right now, first look at it we hope it's not too bad," Julien said. "We'll find out later as they look at him." McQuaid missed 17 games this season due to a lower-body injury, but Julien said the latest injury is not related.
DROP 'EM: Twice in the last two games, Bruins forward Milan Lucic came to the defense of Krug, only this time Lucic dropped the gloves in the process. The Kings' Jordan Nolan put a hit on Krug in the corner behind the Bruins' net, shaking up the Boston defenseman. Lucic quickly skated over and got in Nolan's face before the two went toe-to-toe in a spirited bout. Lucic was given five minutes for fighting and another two for roughing. It was his fourth fighting major of the season.
UP NEXT: The Bruins get a bit of a breather this week and don't play again until they travel to Philadelphia on Saturday to face the Flyers.