B’s put in more over­time

Marc­hand’s win­ner caps nice week­end

Boston Herald - - SPORTS - BY MARISA INGEMI Twit­ter: @Marisa_Ingemi

The Bru­ins, for all their late-game prob­lems and blown leads, en­tered Sun­day with a pretty good track record in one-goal games.

At 13-4-8, it was a lot bet­ter than the Avalanche’s abysmal 4-6-10. Colorado’s 1-10 over­time record wasn’t much bet­ter.

The Bru­ins made sure to ex­tend those strug­gles, as Brad Marc­hand scored with 56 sec­onds left in over­time to give them a 2-1 win. It was the B’s se­cond OT vic­tory of the week­end.

Marc­hand’s shot banked off Matt Calvert’s skate in front of the Colorado goal and found the back of the net.

Colorado has lost its past seven games, and 21 of its past 26, in­clud­ing just three vic­to­ries since the start of the new year.

The Bru­ins went to over­time for the fifth time in their past seven games, in­clud­ing their third straight af­ter beat­ing the Kings in over­time on Sat­ur­day and fall­ing to the Rangers in a shootout on Wed­nes­day.

The B’s earned a power play near the end of the first, but it was negated by a Torey Krug hook­ing call. With his penalty barely ex­pired, Avalanche lead­ing scorer Nathan MacKin­non dodged around the Bru­ins de­fense to get un­der­neath the right cir­cle and lifted the puck over Jaroslav Halak for a 1-0 lead with just 32 sec­onds re­main­ing.

John Moore fired in his third goal of the sea­son from just un­der­neath the blue line to tie the game at 1-1 with 16:20 to go in the se­cond.

The Avalanche took is­sue with a hit Char­lie McAvoy made against fel­low Bos­ton Uni­ver­sity prod­uct Matt Ni­eto in the se­cond pe­riod 23 sec­onds be­fore Moore’s goal. The phys­i­cal in­ten­sity changed from that point for­ward.

The B’s failed to con­vert a 5-on-3 power play in the se­cond fol­low­ing an in­ter­fer­ence call on Colorado’s Carl Soder­berg. MacKin­non had a chance on a break­away out of the penalty box. He got be­hind the Bru­ins de­fend­ers when Tory Krug’s pass slipped out of the of­fen­sive zone. Halak stymied MacKin­non to keep the game knot­ted up.

Moore ap­peared to score one of the strangest goals of the sea­son at the end of the se­cond. He tried to slap the puck into the of­fen­sive zone from the red line, and it de­flected off the curved glass at the end of the Bru­ins bench, find­ing its way past goalie Se­myon Var­lamov.

It would have been Moore’s se­cond tally of the game, but the of­fi­cials waved it off.

Shel­don Ories was sent off for hold­ing with 2:15 left in the third pe­riod to give the Bru­ins a power play. They didn’t score, send­ing it to the ex­tra frame.

Af­ter a stalling over­time pe­riod in which nei­ther team did much of any­thing, the Bru­ins won a face­off with about a minute left, and Marc­hand wristed home the win­ner.

De­spite draw­ing five penal­ties, the Bru­ins power play strug­gled. Colorado also was score­less with the man-ad­van­tage, go­ing 0-for-4.

The Bru­ins fin­ish up their home­s­tand against the Black­hawks on Tues­day be­fore head­ing out west for a five-game road trip.

JIM MICHAUD / BOS­TON HER­ALD

EX­TRA EF­FORT: Brad Marc­hand (top) is con­grat­u­lated by Torey Krug af­ter scor­ing the win­ning goal in over­time of the Bru­ins’ 2-1 win against Colorado yes­ter­day at the Gar­den.

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