Going into the game on Saturday, Bruins forward Brad Marchand had 666 penalty minutes and was set to play his 666th game.
Brad Marchand, owner of 666 career PIM, is set to play career game No. 666 vs…. the Devils. 😈 😮 pic.twitter.com/R6ovG1fa2r
— theScore (@theScore) March 2, 2019
He didn’t accumulate any more PIM but he did get the only goal the power play.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 3, 2019
Brad also was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked twice by Damon Severson twice on the same breakaway.
Holy shit they're playing 666 Number of the Beast before Brad Marchand's penalty shot!!!
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 3, 2019
For whatever reason, the Bruins have a particularly difficult time playing against the Devils this year. In their first outing in December, the Bruins were stunned 5-2 in their first game back from the Christmas break. In last night’s game, they were kept to a solitary goal while preventing the Devils, playing without Taylor Hall, from scoring. They have one more meeting later this month and it will probably be more of the same, hopefully with a Bruins win.
Peter Cehlarik has been bounced back and forth between Providence and Boston this week. During Saturday’s game after almost nine minutes of ice time, he was benched by the coaching staff.
“There was a few things we didn’t like,” Cassidy admitted when asked about Cehlarik’s night. “We’ve talked about allowing guys to play through certain parts of their game and sometimes it’s better to sit and watch. Tonight, we chose the latter.
“It was a little more about his routes, responsibility away from the puck, managing it at the end of the second period in your own end. Those are things we’ve talked to him numerous times about, so we went a different route.”
Let’s hope he learned from this experience and that it doesn’t become a common occurrence.
The Bruins play again on Tuesday night when they continue their homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes.