With 2 goals and 3 assists tonight, for an already league leading 5 points, Brad Marchand has hit another level of play that even his biggest fans never thought he could get to. Tonight he was possessed. He was completely on another level.
The Bruins were in a hole early that needed some serious digging out of. You couldn’t help feel some of those familiar bad vibes creeping in like it was last season all over again. Like they were going to just pack it in and lay down for the slaughter.
In comes Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and the guy brought in to help change that painfully soft culture, David Backes. And man did they do work. Marchand’s 5 points lead the way with Pastrnak chipping in 2 n’ 2, and Backes chipping in 2 n’ 1. They put a bow on their 12 combined points by ripping off 5 unanswered goals when the Bruins trailed 3-1 in the second period.
But Marchand lit it up beyond just this highlight reel snipe:
He controlled the game. His puck handling, decision making, d-zone play, everything was just a level, or two, or ten above anyone else out there. It looked like video game hockey. He was daring people to stop him and made them pay with those unreal hands of his. Coming off his World Cup winning goal, where he got robbed of an MVP award, Marchand is playing the best hockey of his career. If he’s consistently even close to playing like this throughout the season we’re in for a special show.
So instead of an atrocious season opening loss like last year, the B’s flipped the score in their favor this time. #63 shined bright in the 6-3 pumping.
Auston vs. Brad has now taken on a different look heading into Toronto on Saturday night.