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Hat Tricks, OT Heroics, and Another Night for Brad Marchand

Scores overtime winner for second consecutive game, notches third career hat trick

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - As if one overtime winner wasn't enough, Brad Marchand went and scored another.

For the second consecutive game, the 29-year-old winger found the back of the net in extra time to send the Bruins home with a victory. The goal - Marchand's third of the game - marked his 11th regular-season overtime goal of his Bruins career, which passed Dit Clapper and Glenn Murray for the most all-time in B's history.


Video: DET@BOS: Marchand completes hatty with OT winner

"I was chuckling after the game because, you know, there he is, puck finds him," said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy after Marchand's natural hat trick and fourth overtime winner this season alone.

"I've known Brad a long time," said Cassidy. "I've got a lot of respect for the way he plays the game, the way he conducts himself as a person, as a pro, and we need it… he's on it, doesn't quit, made some real nice plays tonight."

Marchand was quick to give credit to his teammates after his career-high-tying five-point night.

"I play with good players," said Marchand. "So it makes it a lot easier when you're playing with the guys I'm able to play with."

The hat trick accounted for Marchand's team-leading 26th, 27th and 28th goals of the season. His two assists also bumped his season point total to 66.

Video: DET@BOS: Marchand caps perfect passing play for PPG

While Marchand is relied upon to score for the Bruins, he noted that his output is made possible by the play of his teammates.

"The whole group," said Marchand when asked what has fueled his recent success. "We rely on everyone on this team. The D have been stepping up huge lately and really contributing, which is really hard to defend against so we really rely on all the forwards and all the D to produce and it makes you a very dangerous team."

One of those defenseman who had an impressive performance versus Detroit was the Michigan-native, Torey Krug. While Brad Marchand stole the show with the third hat trick of his career, Torey Krug got the Bruins offense going early.

The 26-year old found the back of the net just 37 seconds into the game when he blasted a shot over a helpless Jared Coreau. The goal was just the start of the night for Krug, as he would go on to record a point on four of the Bruins six goals, including the primary assist on Marchand's overtime winner.

Video: DET@BOS: Krug scores from the point for early lead

Krug, known for his power play prowess, was largely responsible for the Bruins impressive 3-for-6 performance on the man-advantage.

"Power play now is a little crisper," said Cassidy. "We've changed it a bit. Obviously, [Krug] takes a lot of credit, should get a lot of credit for that."

Krug was on the ice for 20 minutes and 18 seconds total, the third highest number on the team behind only Zdeno Chara (25:26) and Kevan Miller (21:13). Of his twenty-plus minutes, Krug played a monumental 4:46 on the man-advantage.

His confidence was evident, as the Bruins were able to move the puck with ease en route to their three power play strikes.

"We're moving it better," said Cassidy. "I think he's finding his shooting lanes better, decision making, when to shoot. Did a nice job for us."

Krug and Marchand were particularly lethal, with both contributing the primary assists on goals to each other.

Video: DET@BOS: Krug buries Marchand's feed for second goal

"I think we were moving more tonight," said Krug. "We weren't as static as we have been in the last few games and when we do that, Brad [Marchand] can start with the puck, Pasta [David Pastrnak] can start with the puck…we did a better job of moving around tonight and it opened up some lanes and we made some plays."

After his career high four-point outing, Torey Krug sits tied for third among all NHL defenseman in goals (13) and is tied for 8th with Ryan Suter in points (47).

Outstanding in OT: The Bruins opened the season by losing six of their first seven games that finished in overtime. Since then, the B's have come out on top in four consecutive games which ended in the five-minute overtime frame.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has taken notice of the success.

"It can't go your way every night," said Pastrnak. "Obviously the last couple months I think we've been pretty good in overtime, but how I said, it's about whoever scores on the chance after the other team's mistake."

Holden Hitting Stride: Nick Holden has found the scoresheet in each of the three games he has been in the lineup, with an assist in three consecutive wins. The deadline acquisition has averaged 19 minutes and 32 seconds of ice time.

DeBrusk Heating Up: Jake DeBrusk has points in four consecutive games, and five of his past six games. The rookie has three goals and three assists for six points in those six contests.

Video: Marchand completes hat trick in OT as B's top Wings

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