Marchand Having Another Solid Season for The Bruins
By Patrick Hoffman
A big reason why the Boston Bruins are not only one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, but in the entire National Hockey League is due to the terrific offensive play of super pest Brad Marchand.
There is no doubt that Marchand, 29, has a lot of detractors out there. Heck, I even wrote a piece about him on why he needs to stop his dirty play on the ice and just focus on something else that he does best, which is produce.
When Marchand is at his best, he is someone that is putting the puck in the net, going in hard on the forecheck to create turnovers, and using his speed to go hard to the net. When he does all of these things, he is actually one of the best players in the entire league.
The numbers prove this notion. As of this writing (March 9, 2018), Marchand leads the team in scoring with 29 goals and 38 assists for 67 points and with the way he is playing right now, those numbers are sure to increase.
In his last four games (As of March 9, 2018), Marchand has racked up 9 points on five goals and four assists. Concurrently, the team has won all four of those games.
One number that really sticks out for Marchand is his 7 game-winning goals. Time and time again this season, Marchand has come through in the clutch, as could be seen in his team's most recent games against the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings.
Scoring big goals is nothing new for Marchand. In his nine years in the league, he has 41 GWG's and come playoff time, the Bruins are going to need him to keep scoring goals when they need it the most.
This is why Marchand needs to stay away from being a dirty player. Yes, it is a part of his game to be a pest, but there are different ways to go about being a nuisance to the other team.
Marchand is a great offensive player. The numbers and the skill that he has both prove that point.
If he can continue to play this way, the Bruins could end up being very tough to beat come playoff time.
Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.