But for at least tonight, the loss of the 33-year-old power forward will promote the freshly signed Ryan Donato up to David Krejci's left on the Black and Gold's second line (moving Danton Heinen to the right side), while Tim Schaller moves to the left side of a third line centered by Sean Kuraly.
Atkinson cut in on the left wing and fired a wrister past Tuukka Rask for the game-winner. "Even that goal there, it looks like he's going high-stick, but it goes under my hand". "I didn't really get that warmed up because I was too focused on everything else and just kind of the whole situation".
"It was so much faster than what I've ever seen", said Donato. Nash stretched the lead to 3-1 when he popped in a rebound with 3:28 to go in the period.
However, Donato slipped a short pass from the right circle to Krejci, who got the tying goal 20 seconds later while falling to one knee.
Although Donato became the eighth Bruin to score his first National Hockey League goal this season, and the third to do so in his regular-season debut (DeBrusk and McAvoy both did it on opening night against the Predators), Monday's circumstances were unique enough to make this debut stand out among others. Marchand tied it with his team-leading 31st of the season when he got the puck at the end of a 2-on-1 break, shifted to his right and tucked it behind Korpisalo 5:41 into the middle period.
The leading scorer on the US team at the Pyeongchang Olympics signed a two-year, entry-level contract on Sunday.
He had originally been penciled in for third-line duty, but when right wing Rick Nash was scratched with an upper-body injury, Donato was moved up to the second line and Anton Blidh was recalled from Providence on an emergency basis.
As a junior, Donato led Harvard with 26 goals and 43 points in 29 games this past season and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top player. "He's going to be another player that the coach will have an opportunity to play". Coincidentally, the Bruins honored both men and women U.S. Olympians before the game, with Donato taking part in a ceremonial puck drop. Columbus D Seth Jones missed his second straight with an upper-body injury.
Columbus wraps up its two-game road trip Tuesday against the New York Rangers. Bergeron will also not play on Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues, but it remains possible he could return Friday against the Dallas Stars.