By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
You won’t find many endings quite like this one. Alain Vigneault said he had never seen a game end like this. In the fifth round of the shootout, the last hope for the Bruins was Brad Marchand, who has been a money man in shootouts.
Marchand skated toward center ice with speed, went to play the puck, and...missed it? In real time, that’s almost what it looked like. Marchand went by without the puck and turned back. Carter Hart started to come out to play his position and had to stop. False start, right? Except Marchand had actually played the puck, moving it a few inches forward as he whiffed on the attempt. By rule, the attempt counts and the Flyers had completed their comeback, turning a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 win.
“You could see the puck move. It is pretty lucky,” Hart said, “but for us to battle back and play like that, we deserve to win.”
“Especially a guy like him,” Sean Couturier said of Marchand’s gaffe. “It is what it is. We’ll take the win.”