After a week in which the Bruins went 3-1 in a six day span, the team needed different players to step up on different nights, but this player was crucial throughout the B’s busy week. Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal on his first career shootout goal versus the New Jersey Devils in a come-from-behind win a week ago and scored two goals versus the Buffalo Sabres in which looked to be enough at the time for a victory, but Thomas Vanek disagreed.
Marchand leads the team in goals with five (good for seventh in the NHL) and he is tied for second in total points with teammate Nathan Horton with six.
Although Marchand continues to put points in the stat columns, he is usually in the middle of everything while on the ice and this week was no different. While he scored his game-winning goal in the shootout versus New Jersey, he skated by the Devils bench and gave a long stare with a smirk on his face because earlier in the game David Clarkson gestured that Marchand had a big nose, well, the “Nose Face Killah” got the last laugh on that one. Then, on Thursday night, Marchand had some fighting words for respected Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after he called a timeout with seconds remaining in game that was already decided at that moment (7-4 Sabres).
“Yeah, he wants to be a big shot, and it was not the best play to do, but pretty disrespectful,” Marchand said. “So, if he wants to be like that, that’s fine and we just have to move on.”
Marchand took an early exit in Saturday night’s game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs as he took a hard fall into the boards at a decent speed. He tried to return twice, but for precautionary reasons was held out for the remainder of the game.
According to Claude Julien at Bruins practice on Monday morning, he does not seem too worried about Marchand and said he was “progressing very well”.
The Bruins left-winger looks to get back to action on Wednesday night as the Bruins face their rivals, the Montreal Canadiens away from the TD Garden. Marchand will look to continue his hot start.
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