Well that was about the most entertaining game of the season so far.  It had it all; special teams goals, a fight, terrible officiating once again, and a come from behind win.  In the end the Boston Bruins put on a pump show, beating the Dallas Stars 7-3.

Brad Marchand had two goals tonight, including his 30th of the season.  It’s the first time in Marchand’s career he’s reached the 30-goal mark.  Loui “Please Don’t Trade Me” Eriksson got the game winning goal, while David Krejci, Kevan Miller, Brett Connolly, and Matt Beleskey all scored as well.

Tyler Seguin was a minus-2 with just one shot on goal all night.

Here are BostonPucks.com “3 Thoughts” from the game:

1) It’s Not Hard To Work Hard

This win for the Bruins simply came down to guts and working hard.  Once again the referees struggled on video review of goals for Dallas and granted them two gifts in less than a minute of each other to give the Stars a 3-1 lead in the first period.  But Boston never quit.  An Adam McQuaid fight just three minutes into the second period set the tone and the B’s followed that up with three goals in the frame to get the lead back.

It’s pretty simple with this team; they don’t have the defensive talent to finesse their way to wins.  They’re going to have some sloppy moments and some ugly breakdowns.  But when they pay hard-nosed gutsy hockey, and don’t stop working hard, they are tough to beat.  Tonight was the perfect example.  They were fighting hard to get to the net and created traffic in those areas where you pay the price.  They got pucks deep and made smart plays that kept putting pressure on a similar suspect defensive unit in Dallas.  It’s getting the Bruins to play hard like that every night that’s almost as frustrating at times as the lack of talent on the blue line.  As they say, “it’s not hard to work hard” and this Bruins roster have to do it every night.

2) Stop Me If You’ve Heard This Before; Brad Marchand Is Pretty Good At Hockey

We write about this guy a lot and for good reason.  What he’s doing this season is pretty special and he’s going to be cashing gigantic checks because of it when his current deal expires after the 2016-2017 season.  Marchand hit the 30 goal mark tonight and he couldn’t be carrying the offense on this team any more than he already is.

But what is also making it so special is it just looks so easy to him.  You don’t see a guy that’s banging away at garbage goals or getting some flukey stuff to go his way to keep some rare scoring streak alive.  He is legit putting on a snipe clinic every single night out and there’s nothing that looks difficult about it.  He’s making defenders look stupid in how he just dips and doodles his way around them.  And he looks like he’s having fun doing it.

I don’t know how long this run will last for Marchand but it’s gone from being a hot streak to just being who he is.  A guy who’s always had a ton of talent that is now putting it all together.

3) Buyers? Sellers? I Don’t Envy Don Sweeney Right Now

Blow this team up and trade them all right?  Boy, I don’t know.  The Jekyll & Hyde ways of this team is making Don Sweeney’s job extemely difficult and no one should envy him.  The Bruins just capped off a 6-game road trip by going 4-2 which keeps them 2nd in the Atlantic Division and two points ahead of last years Stanley Cup finalist Tampa Bay.

So do you now keep Loui Eriksson (for my sake, please please keep him)?  Do you consider moving some picks and or a prospect for that d-man you’re looking for?  Or do you still move Loui and maybe some other pieces?  It’s a difficult decision to make.  We’re now down to 9 days until the trade deadline so something has to shake out one way or the other and relatively soon.  If I’m Bruins general manager for a week I obviously have to keep all Loui trade talk open out of respect to the long term, but I’m also looking at the Eastern Conference and seeing some teams that in a seven game series I feel I can beat.

The Bruins only have four games left (CBJ, PIT, CAR, TB) before the trade deadline.  The window to evaluate what you have is closing.  Don Sweeney couldn’t have his hands more full right now.

****Extras****

  • Patrice Bergeron’s assist on Brett Connolly’s goal was his 600th point of his career. 
  • Wakey, wakey power play, it’s about time.  The Bruins went 3-6 tonight with the man advantage and it was much needed.  One of the best ways this team can compensate for a weaker blue line is to bury on the power play and tonight they did.  Their success ended an 0-21 man advantage stretch.
  • Chara looked much better tonight.  He was matched up a lot against Tyler Seguin and it’s not very often you can say #91 didn’t do much out there.  Again, you never know what to expect from this blue line, let alone the guy who’s 38-years-old.  Tonight you got a great 25+ minutes and 2 assists to boot from the captain.
  • Man, can Adam McQuaid throw bombs or what?  With how much fighting is down in the NHL this year sometimes you forget how much damage the heavy weights could really do.  His fight against Antoine Roussel just 3 minutes into the 2nd period was a quick reminder of what kind of hammer Quaider can still throw.
  • David Krejci played in his 600th NHL game tonight.  His power play goal in the 3rd period was a nice way to celebrate that milestone.

Next up is the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at home.  7pm puck drop.