BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand really didn't have an explanation for his recent run. He just wants it to last as long as possible.
Marchand continued his hot scoring stretch with a pair of goals Monday, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
He also had two in Boston's shootout loss in Chicago on Sunday and has scored six in his past four games.
After scoring just one goal in his initial 14 games this season, he's had 11 in his past 15.
"When bounces are going your way, you get more confidence," he said. "I think that's all that it is. I think early on I didn't feel confident in anything I was doing. Hopefully it'll continue."
The Bruins were also happy about how they played in consecutive games against strong teams, coming off the loss in a Stanley Cup rematch with the Blackhawks on Sunday.
"I've gotta be honest here," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "I was really impressed with how well we played. I would have liked to have gotten the extra point, but to come back with an afternoon game against a team that plays a (physical) game."
Torey Krug had the other goal for the Bruins, who won at home for the 11th time in 13 games. Backup goaltender Chad Johnson made 21 saves.
"We're very happy," Marchand said. "Two very good teams with back-to-back with travel. This game was a really tough one. We've got to be happy. We played a great game yesterday."
Linemate Patrice Bergeron can see Marchand's confidence growing.
"Well, definitely confidence helps a lot," he said. "I think that's got something to do with it, but I think that he is really moving his feet and he's using his speed to his advantage and he's creating a lot of plays just by his hockey instincts. He's taking what's in front of him, he's not forcing plays."
Willie Mitchell and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick stopped 20 shots. But their special teams gave up goals in the opening period.
"We gave up a goal on the power play and penalty kill," defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We picked it up in the second, but that was too late. You can't let that happen."
Los Angeles has lost two straight, but collected points in six of eight (4-2-2).
Marchand scored 18 seconds after Los Angeles had tied it when he one-timed Bergeron's pass inside the right post by Quick's glove.
"I actually didn't see what happened," Doughty said. "It happened right after. We were talking on the bench. We can't let that happen. We actually had the momentum there. You can't even let them get a scoring chance after that."