The rookie's rebound goal on the power play, with 3:43 left in regulation, gave the Bruins a 2-1 win and clinched a postseason spot for Boston. Marchand's 20th goal was his first in 13 games. Nathan Horton and Kris Versteeg had the other tallies.
The Canucks' backup keeper made 39 saves and is now 15-3-2 on the season, backstopping them to a 4-1 victory at the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Jackets outshot Vancouver 25-12 through two periods, but Schneider maintained the lead until Henrik Sedin's power-play goal 3:36 into the third.
No. 3 Star: Alex Kovalev, Pittsburgh Penguins
The veteran forward helped steal possession of the puck and earned the primary assist on Ben Lovejoy's second-period tying goal, before later scoring the game-deciding goal in the shootout to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory -- their fourth straight win in the skills competition. James Neal scored again in the shootout to ice it, while Marc-Andre Fleury made 37 saves.
Honorable mention: Andrew Ladd had the game-winner in the shootout as the Atlanta Thrashers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Blake Wheeler and Ben Maxwell had a goal and an assist each. It was Maxwell's first career goal. Marek Svatos scored twice for the Sens, including the game-tying tally with just over five minutes left in regulation. Craig Anderson made 43 saves in the loss. … Chris Higgins had two goals and an assist for the Canucks, while Mason Raymond had three assists. … Tim Thomas (27 saves) outdueled Brian Boucher (34 saves) in Philly.
Did you know? Tim Thomas improved to 10-2-2 against Philadelphia in his career. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: The Blue Jackets are 0 for 30 on the power play in their last nine games. … The Canucks lost defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a concussion during a collision with teammate Kevin Bieksa and Columbus's Rick Nash. … Colin Greening was a minus-3 for Ottawa. ... Tomas Vokoun turned the game over to Scott Clemmensen in overtime due to a back injury acting up. We don't want to say Clemmer was rattled by the Penguins, but … well, he had a bit of a drinking problem (via kylekebert on Twitter):
- Vancouver Canucks
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Cory Schneider
- Boston Bruins
- Brad Marchand