There is always a vibe at TD Garden, even in the midst of a pandemic and the rise in positive cases with the Omicron variant. Brad Marchand delighted the Bruins’ faithful with a hat trick in a 5-1 win over the Canadiens on Wednesday in Boston.
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Marchand has a sense of the spectacle. After his third goal against the eternal rivals, the number 63 recovered a superb purple hat. He will probably add it to his collection, he who often shows up at the TD Garden with a hat and more daring suits than a lawyer.
On paper, there was a world of difference between the Bruins (20-11-2) and the Canadiens (7-24-4). There was also a team that had kept pace playing five games since January 2 and another that was on their first outing since that same date.
The logic has been respected. The Bruins easily tamed the stiff beast.
“It’s not easy to come back from a long break,” said defenseman Jeff Petry. For many players, we hardly touched the ice. It’s hard to get back to this level of competition. ”
“The long break was not helping, but we were also playing against a good team, a team that is on a roll,” added Dominique Ducharme. But for this game, the Bruins were better than us. “
There was also a shock in the stands. Like the 24 other American teams, the Bruins have the opportunity to play their game in front of a full house. There were 17,850 supporters at the meeting.
In Uncle Sam’s country, there is no restriction on accommodation capacity. Fans inside the building are no longer required to wear a mask, although it is recommended. In the corridors, however, spectators are responsible for wearing a mask when traveling.
Pezzetta as a key player
The CH received another bad news during this setback. Jake Allen, who was back in the game after a stint on the COVID-19 protocol, did not finish the evening. The number 35 was injured in the first period, after the first of Marchand’s three goals.
Dominique Ducharme had said so in the morning. To win this match, the Habs needed a 60-minute effort and his team did not have to give up for periods of five or ten minutes, as is often the case.
The Bruins defeated their rivals with three goals in less than five minutes late in the first period. You could close the books after 20 minutes.
Known for his energy, winger Michael Pezzetta was probably the best player of his family. Pezzetta scored his second goal of the season, but mostly he played with heart. The number 55 sought to create sparks, despite a score in favor of the locals.
In the second half, Ducharme rewarded him by using him on the power play. It was a mark of confidence in the Ontarian, but also a way to send a message to the other players on the team.
For Pezzetta, it’s a great story. He won points on his record. For the CH, however, it is a sign of a team still adrift when the man with the curly hair stands out as one of the best elements.
If there was never a stake for the final score, there were a few sparks in the third period. It was worthy of the rivalry between the two teams.
Nick Suzuki slipped a few sweet words in Marchand’s ears, Chris Wideman butted center Erik Haula after a whistle and there was a brief fight between Laurent Dauphin and Haula. Wideman could receive a call from the NHL Disciplinary Prefect for his action against Haula.
► Injured in the first period, Allen will be absent from the game against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Ducharme, however, did not specify the severity of his injury.
What we noticed …
The return of nine players
Inactive since 1is January, the Canadian welcomed the return of several players against the Bruins. Not one or two returns, but nine returns. Mike Hoffman, Artturi Lehkonen, Christian Dvorak, Joel Armia, Laurent Dauphin, Ben Chiarot, Jeff Petry, Chris Wideman and Jake Allen have all returned to action. Of the nine, only Dvorak and Armia were not on the COVID-19 protocol list.
All se blew
Brad Marchand beat Jake Allen twice in an interval of just 15 seconds in the first period. After Marchand’s first goal, Allen shifted sideways to his left in an attempt to follow Tomas Nosek’s precise pass. He attempted the miraculous stop, but without success. Allen grimaced in pain after this play, possibly a groin injury. The New Brunswick goalie did not immediately retire to the locker room. He conceded a second goal and at the next commercial break he spoke to Graham Rynbend, the team’s therapist. That’s when Allen handed the torch to Samuel Montembeault.
The art of falling asleep
Joel Armia had not played since December 16. Off the ice for nearly a month due to a mysterious injury, the Finn technically had to return to the game with rage in his heart. But no. The enigmatic Armia offered another performance in the image of his season, that is to say with no conviction. In 30 games this season, Armia has scored one small goal and had four assists.
Cole Caufield skated on the right wing alongside Ryan Poehling and Laurent Dauphin. This is probably the only note we kept for number 22. It was invisible in the Bruins’ furnace.