Brad Marchand netted his 36th goal of the season, helping the Bruins hand the Calgary Flames their first loss in 11 games. The final score was 5-2 but Marchy’s goal gave him sole possession at number 1 on the NHL scoring leaderboard for the 2016-17 season thus far. He is also now in a 3 way tie for the league lead in points with Patrick Kane and Connor McDavid. (76)
Marchand finished last season with 37 goals and 24 assist and his team finishing just short of a playoff berth. Marchy and the Bruins seem to be firing on all cylinders right now as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014. A key to their success has been the consistent offensive surge by Marchand. Bergeron has seemed to really find his offensive game as of late, contributing to the success of his gritty, but very skilled linemate, Brad Marchand. The same goes for the recent offensive success of Pastrnak and Krejci. These two duos seem to really be feeding off one another.
Now can Marchand really win the Richard Trophy for the league’s top scorer at the end of the year? It’s going to be tough. He is going to have to beat out some of the league’s best, in a very close race. Sidney Crosby currently sits in second, just one goal behind Marchand. Then its Max Pacioretty, Patrik Laine, and Evgeni Malkin, all tied with (33) goals, all chasing Marchand and Crosby.
It would be awesome to see Brad Marchand become the first Bruins Richard Trophy winner since its existence. (1998-99) The Bruins also haven’t had a 40 goal scorer since Glen Murray’s (44) goals during the 2002-03 season. But I think Marchand and the Bruins still need to keep their eye on the prize. In the NHL, if your team can make the playoffs, anything can happen. Certain players can get hot, goalies can steal games, and that can ultimately lead a team to the Stanley Cup Finals, regardless of where they are seeded to start the playoffs. I know I can’t bare another year without the Black & Gold in the playoffs. So let’s hope the boys can keep their foot on the gas and who knows, we might just see this team make a run at it.