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Brad Marchand hat trick gives Bruins win

Forward ties NHL lead with three goals in third period against Canucks

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Brad Marchand scored his second career hat trick in the third period to help the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 comeback win against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

"Lots of great memories in this building so it is fun just to come in here and reminisce and when you have a night like that it just adds to those memories," Marchand said. "That's kind of when I get into it more and not a good idea for them."

Marchand tied it 3-3 on a power play 58 seconds into the period. He put Boston ahead 4-3 on an unassisted goal with 7:57 left and scored his third into an empty net with 25.5 seconds left for his 35th goal of the season to tie Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the NHL lead.

 

WATCH: All Bruins vs. Canucks highlights

 

Marchand also had an assist and is tied with Crosby for second in scoring with 74 points, one behind Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.

"When we need somebody to pick us up he's often the guy that takes over the game and makes a big play and today was a great example, obviously," said Tuukka Rask, who made 26 saves.

David Krejci, David Backes and Zdeno Chara also scored for the Bruins (37-26-6), who moved four points ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division. Toronto has two games in hand.

"[Marchand] came to play, this is a leader of our hockey team that knows the urgency of where we are in the season," coach Bruce Cassidy said. "He wants to extend the season."

Video: BOS@VAN: Marchand strikes for hat trick in 3rd

Markus Granlund had two goals, Alexander Edler also scored and Ryan Miller made 37 saves for the Canucks (28-32-9), who trail the St. Louis Blues by 12 points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

"It was my mistake on the fourth one, which cost us the game," said Henrik Sedin, who had two assists. "Up until that point I didn't feel we were panicking."

Daniel Sedin also had two assists, setting up both goals off the rush for Granlund, who returned to the top line after missing the previous game with food poisoning.

"We didn't battle and weren't good enough defensively," Granlund said.

 

Goal of the game

Marchand stole the puck from Henrik Sedin along the left boards and drove the slot, slipping the puck between the legs of Edler and tucked a shot past the outstretched glove of Miller and in off the inside the far post for the game-winning goal.

"I had a little bit of speed and their [defenseman] was stopped so I figured if I could just get it on the other side of him and try to get a whack at it I might have a chance," Marchand said.

Video: BOS@VAN: Marchand lifts backhander for game-tying PPG

 

Save of the game

Rask kicked out his left pad to deny Granlund on a rebound from the top of the crease, keeping it tied 3-3 at 7:17 of the third period.

Video: BOS@VAN: Rask stones Granlund at the doorstep

 

Unsung performance of the game

Forward Jayson Megna had a great chance to give the Canucks a two-goal lead shortly after being denied by Rask in tight 6:30 into the second period but defenseman Adam McQuaid blocked his shot from inside the left faceoff circle.

 

Highlight of the game

Granlund's second goal was a tap-in at the right post after a pass from Henrik Sedin at the top of the right faceoff circle to Daniel Sedin at the left faceoff dot and back across.

Video: BOS@VAN: Granlund slams home his second of the period

 

They said it

"He's pulled some guys along and he's really becoming one of the … heart and soul guys for this team." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on Brad Marchand

 

"We hadn't played our best yet and if we got back to playing our game we would get some opportunities and we capitalized." -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand on the message during the second intermission

 

"It's disappointing, really disappointing. We took a penalty at the end of the second and that hurt us into the third. But saying that, we were still in a good enough position. We just didn't finish that game." -- Canucks coach Willie Desjardins

 

Need to know

The Bruins are 11-3-0 since Cassidy took over for Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Pastrnak had two assists to extend his NHL career-high point streak to nine games (three goals, nine assists). Boston forward Ryan Spooner missed his third straight game with a concussion but is on the road trip and could return before it's over. … Forward Drew Shore had an assist in 14:07 of ice time in his Canucks debut.

 

What's next

Canucks: Host the Dallas Stars on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-SW, NHL.TV)

Bruins: At the Calgary Flames on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; SN, NESN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Marchand scores three in 3rd to power Bruins' 6-3 win

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