During warm-ups, the Bruins showed their support for the New England Patriots with toques which backup goalie Malcolm Subban wore on the bench throughout the game.
The Bruins defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings in an intense, physical game that featured two goals from Brad Marchand and 30 saves from Tuukka Rask. The first period was scoreless, although Marchand scored just after time expired. Review of the goal confirmed that time had expired when the puck went in.
The teams combined for over 60 hits in the game. Adam McQuaid was involved in a few big ones in the first period.
Still scoreless in the second period, Tuukka Rask stopped Nick Shore on a breakaway.
At the 17:20 mark of the second period, Brad Marchand got the game's first goal and his 14th of the season. Zdeno Chara and Gregory Campbell assisted.
The Bruins had a few chances to extend their lead, but were unsuccessful. Drew Doughty turned the puck over to Campbell right in front of the net.
David Pastrnak also generated a good chance with a slick move around the defender.
The Bruins 1-0 lead dissolved with seven minutes left in the third period on a goal from Jordan Nolan.
The Bruins regained the lead 1:36 later when Chris Kelly deflected a Carl Soderberg shot. The referee initially waved the goal off, believing it had hit the post and not gone in the net, but replay showed that the puck did indeed beat Jonathan Quick. The Bruins had a 2-1 lead on Kelly's sixth goal of the year, with assists to Soderberg and Torey Krug.
Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr hit Loui Eriksson from behind, making contact with Eriksson's head. No penalty was called on the play. Eriksson went straight to the locker room and did not return. He has a history of concussions, including two last year alone.
Marchand sealed the victory with an empty net goal at the 19:43 mark.
Quick expressed his anger after the game was over.
Marchand was the first star of the game as he helped the Bruins improve to 8-1-1 in their last ten games.