By Matt Dolloff, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — Maybe the rest of the hockey world now understands and appreciates how good the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand really are. Fresh off a lucrative (and kind of team-friendly) contract extension, Marchand scored a wrister from the slot with just 43 seconds left to give Team Canada a 2-1 lead and complete a late comeback to beat Team Europe for the World Cup of Hockey. You can watch Marchand’s goal in the video above.
Marchand spent much of the WCOH playing on a line with the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, but it was the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews who set up his goal that was the eventual game-winner. Toews carried the puck into the offensive zone and crisscrossed with defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, driving the defense back and drawing an extra forward his way before sneaking a backhand pass to an open Marchand, who fired the puck past Team Europe goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Prior to the short-handed game-winner, Bergeron redirected a shot from the point by the Sharks’ Brent Burns to tie the game at one with just 2:53 left in regulation.
In fact, all three goals in the decisive game were scored by Bruins players. Zdeno Chara scored the only goal of the game for Team Europe when he beat the Canadiens’ Carey Price less than seven minutes into the game.
The Bruins themselves will enter the 2016-17 season with plenty of question marks, especially on the defense. But Marchand and Bergeron proved in the WCOH that they’re as good as ever.
Matt Dolloff is a writer for CBSBostonSports.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CBS or 98.5 The Sports Hub. Have a news tip or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff and email him at email@example.com.