SEATTLE – Jake DeBrusque’s response to his rise to the top of the Boston Bruins was his first multi-goal game in more than two years.
DeBrusk scored his second goal of the game 33 seconds later in overtime, and on Thursday night the Bruins beat Seattle Kraken 3-2.
“I’ve been lucky with the puck lately, so the trend has been going in the right direction,” DeBrusk said. “So I was very excited.”
Boston opened the long trip with their third straight win and met Brad Marchand, who has returned from disqualification. DeBrusk scored an uncertain rebound in the first period and beat Seattle goalkeeper Philip Grubauer on a short side from a narrow angle in the first throw of the extra period.
DeBrusk was added to the lineup with Marchand and Patrice Bergeron for the first time this season before Thursday’s game. His last game with two goals took place on January 9, 2020 against Winnipeg.
David Pastrnak scored his 28th of the season and 20th in his last 23 games early in the second period, bringing Boston ahead 2-1.
Marchand is back after the last six games, which resulted in a rough and strong throw by Pittsburgh goalkeeper Tristan Jerry on February 8th. It was the second disqualification this season for Marchand, who after a morning ride spoke of the need to stay out of trouble, knowing that the punishment could be tougher in the future.
In this game, Marchand was an exemplary citizen. He played almost 22 minutes, made seven shots and avoided getting into the penalty area.
“I was happy with his game,” said Boston coach Bruce Cassidy. “Obviously look at the details of this tomorrow when we watch his video, but on the surface I thought he looked good.”
Boston goalkeeper Linus Ulmark made 25 saves.
Mark Giordano and Jordan Eberle scored for Seattle. Grubover made 36 saves, his second of the season, and was stunning until he gave up DeBrusque’s goal in overtime.
Seattle lost six in a row.
“We played tonight for 60 minutes. It’s a hard way to lose a hockey game, ”Seattle coach Dave Haxtol said. “Proud of our efforts.”
Seattle have taken a 1-0 lead over Giordano’s second goal in their last three games. Seattle spent most of the first period on penalties after four penalties, including a four-minute double junior on Adam Larson for a high score.
Seattle survived, being inadequate, but Boston was able to pull off even on a failed rebound. Eric Howley’s pass from behind the gate deflected over the gate. Seattle defender Jeremy Lawson tried to repel him in the air but failed to make clear contact, and the puck fell into the crease and DeBrusk poked it into the net.
Lawson was selected by Seattle from Boston in the expansion draft.
“I told him I owed him a couple of beers,” DeBrusk said. “He’s a good friend of mine.”
Boston led 2-1 on a one-time pass from Pastrnak after a clean pass from Charlie McEvoy, but the Kraken caught the Bruins on the shift, and Eberle completed a 3-on-1 coup by a 13:19 ice floe on the second to pull out Seattle even.
For Eberle it was the 15th of the season and only the third since Dec. 6.
“The main picture is that we lost six lines. I mean, it’s unacceptable, “Eberle said. “But we have to find a way to go with it. … We play better. We just have to find a way to play on our feet. We have to be aggressive. “
Seattle lost top scorer Jared McCann after being placed on reserve with injuries on Thursday. Seattle coach Dave Haxtall said it was an upper body injury and that he hoped it would be a short stock of injury for the striker. McCann ended his defeat Tuesday against the Islanders. He leads Seattle with 33 points and 21 career goals. McCann is one of Seattle’s four players in reserve with injuries, along with Jaden Schwartz, Brandon Tanev and Carson Culman.
Giordano has 12 career goals, the most among active defenders and the seventh among defenders in NHL history. … Boston has improved to 5-4 in overtime this season. Seattle – 2-5. Seattle has recalled F. Cole Linda of Charlotte of the AHL to take a spot on McCann’s list. Lind was one of three scratches in Seattle.
Kraken in San Jose on Sunday.