Ever since Patrice Bergeron went down with a fractured foot, Brad Marchand has stepped up his game and has been leading the Boston Bruins to win after win.
In the five games since Bergeron has been out, Marchand has five goals and nine points. Last night he became just the seventh player in franchise history to score the game winning goal in three straight contests.
“He seems like he’s on a bit of a mission with Bergy out that he wants to pick the team up in the offensive part of it,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said about Marchand, per Bruins Daily. “He got frustrated tonight with a couple of calls that one went against him and one didn’t [go his way] where he thought he was held on a shorty. But at the end of the day he kept plugging away — refocused — and he does a good job for us.”
This year’s Hart Trophy race is wide open and Marchand has to be part of the conversation. Marchand is currently 17th in the league in scoring, so it isn’t about how many points he has, but rather the situations he scores them in. It seems every time Marchand finds the back of the net it a crucial goal.
Would you give Brad Marchand your vote for the Hart Trophy?
Brad Marchand is the seventh player in @NHLBruins history to score the winning goal in three consecutive team games and first since @tseguinofficial from Nov. 5-10, 2011. #NHLStats #PHIvsBOS pic.twitter.com/w4fWLU60sC
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 9, 2018