On a day where Brad Marchand wasn’t even supposed to play, he led the Boston Bruins in ice time. Boston picked up a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets after David Pastrnak’s game-winner.
Marchand suffered the injury Thursday after a hit from behind from Capitals d-man Garnet Hathaway, which Bruce Cassidy called it a “cheap hit.” The leading scorer of Boston wasn’t even supposed to play Saturday and was supposed to miss at least one game. Boston is now 10-2 in January.
Winnipeg got on the board first, as Jansen Harkins wristed one off of Tuukka Rask and in just under three minutes into the first period. Oskar Steen answered nine minutes later after corraling a loose puck out in front and potting the tying goal past Connor Hellebuyck, but the Jets went into the period up 2-1 after Mark Scheifele’s pass hit off of Andrew Copp’s skate blade and then off of Bruins d-man Urho Vaakanainen’s blade and into the net.
Charlie Coyle responded just two and a half minutes into the second, tipping Derek Forbort’s wrister from the point in. David Pastrnak, early the third, then gave the Bruins the 3-2 lead on the power play, one-timing Matt Grzeclyk’s pass home.
The Bruins ran into a late scare, as the Jets had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final minute and a half after Tomas Nosek’s high-sticking call and an empty net, but the B’s killed it off and picked up their 10th win of the month.
Boston will wrap up their seven-game homestand Monday vs. the Ducks.