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We’ve seen this movie so many times this season, the Bruins fall behind by multiple goals and look completely out of it both on the scoreboard and on the ice. Then, they stage on impressive comeback that seems more incredible each time they do it. But at this point, we shouldn’t be surprised.
Last night’s game in Dallas seemed to follow that exact same script. The Bruins fell behind on an early goal by the Stars’ Esa Lindell just 2:26 into the game. It wasn’t like the Bruins weren’t playing well, they just didn’t look totally into the game. Going 0 for 3 on the power-play certainly didn’t help and the Stars took full advantage of that late in the second period as Jamie Benn tallied a shorthanded goal to give the Stars a 2-0 advantage late in the second period.
The B’s came out in the third like gangbusters. The top line of Riley Nash, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak went to work with a dominant shift as Nash stole the puck in the offensive zone and fed Pastrnak who fired the puck into the net off of Marchand for his 32nd goal of the year. The way this top line has been working without Bergeron is incredible as Nash has slid in almost seamlessly.
Still down a goal midway through the third, Brandon Carlo went to the box for a boarding call. After a misplay by Tyler Seguin in the offensive zone, the Bruins broke out in a two on one that resulted in a highlight-reel goal by Tim Schaller.
After the shorthanded strike by Schaller, the Bruins took it to the Stars, spending most of the second half of the third period in the offensive zone or in possession of the puck. Another strong shift late in the game resulted in Pastrnak’s winning goal with just 11 seconds left.
Obviously it was another big time comeback but we’ve seen it so many times. This team has an uncanny ability to just keep playing and not quit, no matter the deficit. It’s very clear that Bruce Cassidy and the coaching staff make it a point to the players to not get too high or too low in a game emotionally.
Even without countless contributors out, the style of play still remains the same for this group and if last night’s game is any indication, you absolutely cannot count them out under any circumstances.