Third Line Production
With Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly pressing for the first six games of the season, it was nice to see the third line finally get a goal. And what a team effort it was on that tally that tied it up and started a flurry of B’s chances.
That entire play started with Kelly coming in hard on the forecheck on the left wing side. Dan Paille (playing up on the third line with Bourque out tonight and MacDermid on the fourth) put a shot on goal that was stopped by Miller, but Peverley picked up the rebound and showed tremendous patience to get the shot through. Great feeling of relief for Pevs, I’m sure.
Coach Julien on No. 49 after morning skate:
“He has been playing really well, he’s creating things, he’s gotten a lot of chances,” said Coach Julien on the play of Peverley, who has had a team-leading nine shots on goal through the past two games.”Right now, the only thing it hasn’t shown is the points on the score sheet.”
“When you talk about competitiveness, he’s been a lot better. From the first couple of games to these last games that we’ve played, he’s been very good. So we’ve got to hope that he keeps playing that way. I think the results are going to follow soon.”
Honey Badger Cometh
Brad Marchand has two goals tonight, giving him 5-1=6 totals in five of his last six games. The five goals ties him with several players for second in the league in that category, trailing only San Jose’s Patrick Marleau, who has nine.
On the first goal that gave the B’s a 2-1 lead, Marchand danced his way from the left wing, past 6-foot-8 Tyler Myers and shot a backhand through Miller. On the second, Patrice Bergeron (now with two assists tonight and 1-3=4 totals in three of his last four games) had his initial shot stopped by Miller, but Marchand followed up and Tyler Seguin created havoc in front to make that happen.