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Is Boston Bruins Forward Brad Marchand An Elite Forward In The NHL?

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Can We Consider Brad Marchand As Elite?

Brad Marchand has had a great past couple of seasons. His was a bit rough around the edges in his first few seasons. Now are we able to put him in the Elite Category?

Last season Marchand had his best season with 37 goals and 24 assists for 61 points. In the previous years Marchand was known as the kid with great skill but could not finish. I can remember watch him skate through the entire team then get to the net and miss the net by trying to go “bar-down”, or he would jut put it right in the breadbasket. Also he would constantly take stupid penalties. Part of his game is to get under the other teams skin, but there is a line he would cross it too often.

He has calmed down and realized the Bruins are better off with him on the ice than off it. Since then he has developed into one of Boston’s best forwards we have seen in a while.  He has cleaned up his game a tiny bit since then. He has narrowly avoided big suspensions this season with two slew-foots.

Marchand is a good penalty killer as usually finds a way to score shorthanded. He is tied for second for most shorthanded goals among active players with 22 goals. Marian Hossa is first with 34 but Hossa has been in the league much longer.

This season has been another breakout year for him and it all started in the World Cup of Hockey. While playing in the World Cup he was able to play with two if the best passers in the world. The First was teammate Patrice Bergeron (chemistry was already there), and Sidney Crosby (arguably the best player in the world right now). Crosby would not be a hard guy to find chemistry with his skill. The Crosby line combined for the most points in the Tournament with 25 points combined. Marchy had 8 of them (5 goals, 3 assists) in only 6 games. Canada went on to win the Tournament.

After the tourney Marchand came back to the Bruins and started the season off hot. He had a cold stretch in there but his is at the top of his game right now. We can see that from of Monday’s 4 point performance.Three of those points came from his three goals. He is now tied for the league lead in goals with 35. Also Marchand in 4th in points with 74. He is the first Bruins to score 70 points in a season since Marc Savard did so in 2008-09 when Savard had 88 points. With only 10 or so games left we he be able to hit the 40 goal mark that e just missed last season?

Verdict

I have grown to realize that Marchand is good, alright really good. I still do not think that I can call him great until he brings me another cup. If he puts the team on his back and brings me a cup then I will say that. Yes that is a lot to ask for but that is what elite players do. Look at Sidney Crosby has brought two Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh and Patrick Kane who has brought three Cups to Chicago. These two players are also putting up 60 plus points a season consistently. If Marchy can do what he is doing this season for another two season I would say he is a definite yes for being considered elite. Right now he is on the bubble for me. I will say that he can be considered an elite Bruins winger.

 

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron Impact Felt Immediately In Win Over Vancouver

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Boston Bruins Get A Win And Bergeron Is Back

Boston Bruins faced the Vancouver Canucks and to everyone’s surprise, Patrice Bergeron made his return to the ice. His presence was noticed on the first shift. The team just looked better. This also meant that the Bjork-Bergeron-Marchand line was back together.

This line was unbelievable. The rumors were that they had grown chemistry at camp but who knew it would be like this. This line reminds me of the “conehead” line from Miracle on Ice. These guys just click and it is a sight to see. Bjork showed us what he can really deliver now that he has the best passer in the league back.

Just like most of the games this season the Bruins fell behind early. Everyone thought it here we go again. Except it was different this time. Bergeron was back and he made a difference as he nabbed an assist on the first goal of the game. The goal came from Anders Bjork who has been struggling to find the back of the net.

Boston was then given a power play after a vicious hit on Frank Vatrano from Erik Gudbranson. Then Tim Schaller abiding by the code of hockey fought Erik Gudbranson for his awful hit. It should be a suspendable play. Gudbranson received a major penalty. Luckily Frank would come back at some point in the game. David Pastrnak decided to take matters into his own hands and show that he is worth that big contract with a beautiful goal.

The Bruins were still on the powerplay and Bjork got his second of the game to make it a 2 goal game. Still, on the powerplay, David Krejci added a goal of his own to make it 4-1 just 10:40 into the game. Bergeron ended the first period with 2 assists. Just his presence and skill help the team step up their own game. It is something he has done for Boston for a long time.

Brad Marchand started off the second period with a goal from Bergeron. Boston then had a bit of a lapse as the Canucks capitalized on the powerplay with a goal from who else but Thomas Vanek. Then another from Bo Horvat just 34 seconds later. Luckily the Bruins got their composure back and were able to take the two-goal lead into the third.

The third was quite dull compared to the first two. Boston was able to get the nail in the coffin from you guessed it, Bergeron. Bergeron finished the game with 4 points. He is the difference maker in that locker room and on the ice.

Up Next:

The Bruins will face off against Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow night. It will be a clash of BU between Eichel and Charlie McAvoy.

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Boston Bruins Look To Bounce Back Against Vancouver Canucks

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Boston Bruins VS Vancouver Canucks Preview

Boston Bruins will look to bounce back from a tough start tonight as they face the Canucks at home.  Not much has gone right for the team so far and it is not going to stop at least not yet.

It was announced that Ryan Spooner will miss 4-6 weeks with a tear in his groin. Then on top of that yesterday in practice Anders Bjork collided with Tuukka Rask during a drill and Rask was helped off the ice. So far there has not been an update on Rask. There are also reports that Zane McIntyre has been recalled. Adam McQuaid was also injured last game but has practiced and s not ruled out.

There is some good news out of all of this both Patrice Bergeron and David Backes have been skating. Bergy has been wearing the red no-contact jersey but he is skating. It sounds like Backes may play tonight.

It may be early in the season but this still almost a must-win game. Boston has shown spurts of talent and promise but has yet to put it all together. Tonight could be the night against a very beatable team. Also, Loui Eriksson of the Canucks has been placed on the IR for the Canucks. This will help it make it easier on the Bruins as they will be able to put more attention on the Sedin brothers.

Also, Kenny Agostino was called up and may make his debut tonight. Should he have been here from the start is what many are thinking. He has been off to a hot start down in Providence. Maybe he is that spark the team is missing.

“We liked the way Anton played last year at the end of the year, we liked he’s camp, we liked his first game,” said Cassidy. “We sort of mapped out the schedule for October, we’re gonna stick to that. Obviously if we have to deviate because of an injury then we’ll do that and have confidence in him for sure.”

Let’s just hope the Bruins can pull out a win tonight as they need one.

Keys to The Game:

  • Score First
  • make crisper plays on the breakout
  • show some passion

The game will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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Boston Bruins Going Down Quick, Spooner and McQuaid Hurt

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The Boston Bruins season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan so far. As of the writing of this post the team is 2-3 on their season. Not exactly a deep hole, but the way they have gotten to it is mildly concerning.

Injuries have plagued the team thus far with players like Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, and Torey Krug missing time to start the season. But on Sunday the injuries continued to pile up with forward Ryan Spooner and defensemen Adam McQuaid going down against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Spooner went down in the second period having suffered a lower-body injury after just 6:42 ice time. In five games he has one assist as the primary third line center. If Spooner is down for an extended period of time it looks like Austin Czarnik will get the first crack in his place. This year is crucial to Spooner’s career with it likely being his last real shot at proving himself to Boston.

Spooner’s injury was not realized on TV and was only noticed after the second period was concluded. McQuaid, on the other hand, was visibly in pain and had to be helped off the ice. McQuaid went down in the third period after going to block a Colin Miller slap shot that hit him in the inner knee.

The Boston Bruins have until Thursday to get ready for their next game which will be against the Vancouver Canucks at home in TD Garden.

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