BOSTON – The Boston Bruins’ power-play woes took a dramatic turn.
While Boston still has much to work ahead with the man advantage, a pair of rare power-play goals led the Bruins from a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
Tyler Seguin’s goal early in the second period was Boston’s first at home during a power play this season, then Brad Marchand doubled the small total when he scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:16 left in the third period with Tampa Bay down a man because of a four-minute high sticking penalty.
It’s big. We needed those, Marchand said. That’s what we need our power play to do – step up at the right times, get us in the game.
Seguin’s goal cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 2-1, Rich Peverley scored 1:17 later to tie it and Marchand scored the winner when he and Patrice Bergeron got behind the Lightning’s penalty killers for a 2-on-1.
Bergeron raced up the right side and timed the pass to his left perfectly. All Marchand had to do was direct it at the net, where goalie Mathieu Garon was caught on the wrong side.
The Bruins are now 9 for 59 on the power play, still one of the lowest percentages in the league. Yet the Bruins continue to win, extending their streak to six straight on Saturday as they enjoy their best start since the 1929-30 season.
Stamkos and Alexander Killorn scored for Tampa Bay.
PENGUINS 7, CANADIENS 6, OT: In Montreal, Brandon Sutter’s second goal of the game 52 seconds into overtime to help Pittsburgh end a two-game skid and avoid being swept on a three-game road trip. Sutter took a pass from Simon Despres on a rush, stepped around Max Pacioretty, and beat goalie Carey Price with a high shot.
FLYERS 2, SENATORS 1: In Philadelphia, Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds had goals and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 33 shots to help Philadelphia reach the .500 mark for the first time this season, at 11-11-1.
SABRES 4, DEVILS 3, SO: In Buffalo, N.Y., Jason Pominville scored twice in regulation and added a shootout goal as Buffalo extended its winning streak to three.
Buffalo improved to 3-2-0 since Ron Rolston took over as interim coach.
CAPITALS 3, JETS 0: In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots and Mike Ribeiro had a goal and an assist to lift Washington. Matt Hendricks and Todd Brouwer, with his team-leading ninth goal of the season, also scored for Washington.
HURRICANES 6, PANTHERS 2: In Raleigh, N.C., Jussi Jokinen scored twice and added an assist, and Riley Nash netted his first goal as part of a three-point night in Carolina’s win.