He is now second on the team in goals (14) and sixth on the team in points. Last week, he tallied four goals while dishing out one assist in three games where the Boston Bruins went 1-1-1.
A month ago, many Bruins fans wanted this player shipped out of town. Now, he is carrying the hometown’s offense.
His name is Brad Marchand and he is relevant again.
Marchand has turned in three consecutive solid games. It is by no mistake as the B’s try to climb out of their mid-season slump that Marchand is having his best stretch of the season.
Marchand is having individual success, but he credits his success due to the developing chemistry between himself and his linemates Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith.
“I think we’re starting to click a little more every game,” Marchand said after their loss to the Maple Leafs last Tuesday night. “It just seems like it’s almost a little bit of a snowball effect. We just seem to be getting a little bit better every game. Even on the west coast trip we should’ve had a few goals that normally we’d capitalize on. It was nice to get a couple tonight, but we still need to do a little more.”
The “Little Ball of Hate’s” best game of the season may have come yesterday at the Madhouse on Madison where he netted both Bruins’ goals against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Marchand’s first goal was a thing of beauty as he roofed one past Corey Crawford stick side to tie the game at one just before the first period ended. His second goal was a nice shifty move to beat Crawford once again. It was a great sign for the Black and Gold. It was the tenth multi-goal game of his career in the regular season.
Marchand was being modest after his puck battle win in the neutral zone led to his give-and-go with Bergeron that led to the goal.
“The Little Ball of Hate” recorded zero points and a minus-3 in the Stanley Cup Finals last year.
Marchand sure was satisfied about getting back on track against one of the elite teams in the league afterwards. And head coach Claude Julien is also pleased with the way Marchand is playing recently.
“He was a real good player [on Sunday],” Julien said about Marchand. “To me, he’s been good for the last little while. It’s nice to have him back.”
It may have taken some criticism from his coaches and General Manager after his antics in Vancouver “mock-kissing” the Stanley Cup trophy, but since then, he has nine goals.
It’s safe to say that the “good brat” has returned to the Black and Gold.
See what Marchand and the rest of the Bruins after their shootout loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Sunday.