March 17, 2017
If you didn’t stay up late last night for the entire game in Edmonton you didn’t miss a Boston Bruins win, but you did miss another three point performance by Brad Marchand. When you head over the “Leaders” page on NHL.com you will see a familiar face atop the list for goals and points.
Marchand had his hand in three of the four Bruins goals versus the Oilers. He had the primary assists on goals by David Pastrnak in the first period and David Krecji in the third period.
He added on to his league lead in goals and tied his career high with his 37th tally of the year.
Unfortunately, Connor McDavid had assists on three of the seven Oilers goals so he remains tied with Marchand in the race for the Art Ross Trophy with 79 points.
Marchand has also put himself right in the thick of the Hart Trophy race as he is trying to be the first Bruin since Phil Esposito 1974 to be named the league’s most valuable player. As Anthony Travalgia of Boston.com pointed out on Friday, it isn’t just Marchand’s stats themselves that makes him the most valuable, but rather how important they have been to the Bruins overall team success.
“The Bruins have scored 203 times so far this season. With his 79 points, Marchand has had a goal or an assist in 39 percent of those 203 goals.
Where does Marchand compare to the rest of the top candidates?
Crosby (74 points) has factored into 31 percent of Pittsburgh’s 236 goals, McDavid (79 points) 39 percent of Edmonton’s 201 goals, Kane (77 points) 38 percent of Chicago’s 207 goals and Burns (70 points) has factored into 36 percent of San Jose’s 193 goals.”