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Game Preview: Blue Jackets begin four-game week in Boston on Monday

by Katie Foglia / Columbus Blue Jackets

On Saturday, the Boston Bruins were trailing 3-1 after 20 minutes against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. The Stars were skating, a couple of reviewed goals did not go the Bruins' way, and they had an uphill climb to get back in the game.

But the Bruins stormed back with three goals in the second period and added on three more in the third period, stunning the Stars in a 7-3 comeback victory.

Brad Marchand scored two goals (giving him a new career high of 30) and added an assist, David Krejci had a multi-point game (goal and an assist) and goaltender Tuukka Rask made 26 saves to help seal a big road win for the Bruins.

That game marked the end of the Bruins six-game road trip and they'll return home to face the Blue Jackets on Monday night. Columbus plays the first of back-to-back road games in Boston after a five-game home stand in which the Blue Jackets posted a 2-1-2 record. They're coming off a 4-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

In the Blue Jackets' 3-2 overtime loss to Boston on Feb. 16, Alexander Wennberg opened the scoring at 9:54 of the first period with a backhanded penalty shot goal, which was awarded after he was hooked on a partial breakaway. It was the first penalty shot of his career.

But Boston’s Patrice Bergeron responded at 14:28 of the frame to level the score.

The second and third periods were scoreless and overtime was required to decide the outcome. Only 33 seconds into overtime, Loui Eriksson capitalized on a coverage lapse by the Blue Jackets and tallied the game-winning goal on Joonas Korpisalo.

With 30 goals on the year, Brad Marchand currently leads the Bruins in that category. The feisty left winger is currently ranked fourth in the league in goal scoring and is second in the league in shorthanded goals with four.

The 27-year-old Marchand is in the midst of his seventh NHL season, all of which have been spent with the Bruins - the team that drafted him in the third round (71st overall) during the 2006 NHL Draft.

Marchand has already surpassed his previous career-best total in goals (28, 2011-12) and is on pace to top his previous career-high in points (55, also set in 2011-12).

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