BOSTON -- Thanks to a goal from Rich Peverley, the B's captured a 1-0 lead early in Tuesday Night’s game, but the Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand wanted a bigger lead for Boston against a Los Angeles Kings team that kept getting pucks to Tuukka Rask's net and crashing it hard.
“Brad is certainly capable of using his shot and scoring some goals for us,” said Head Coach Claude Julien.
Marchand was able to do just that 7:43 into the second when Bergeron won an offensive-zone faceoff back to him at the top of the circle.
“The puck came over and I just wanted to get it on net and it found a way through,” said the sophomore wing of his quick one-timer that put the B’s up 2-0.
The forward duo hadn’t been able to pull off the set play before Tuesday night, but figured they’d give it another shot.
“It's a tough play to do, everything's got to go right,” explained #63. “But when it works, it feels good.”
Although the tandem padded on one insurance goal, they wanted more.
“That next goal was going to be a big goal for either team,” said Head Coach Claude Julien. “For us, giving us some breathing room — a three-goal lead — and if it was them it was going to become a real game.”
The scorers of the B’s second goal would repeat their efforts again in the third period to make sure they had the breathing room necessary to close out the contest.
“He won the draw to the side there and then won another battle and a bit of a lucky bouncer to me,” said Marchand of the B’s alternate captain.
After the left-wing picked the puck up in the corner, he took an open lane to the net, pulled the puck to his backhand at the top of the crease, and beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick for the second time and concluded the night’s scoring.
Although Marchand registered the two tallies, after the game he didn’t hesitate for a second to give his center the credit he deserves.
“He's very, very strong on the draws and it's huge for our team,” said Marchand. “When you're able to win the way he does, it makes it very easy for us.”