Brad Marchand (Rob Marczynski/NHLI via Getty Images)
Brad Marchand is having the best goal scoring season of his career, and he added a highlight-reel tally to his goal total Thursday. After regrouping in the Bruins’ zone, Marchand went end-to-end, between his legs and fired a backhand home.
One of the biggest reasons why the Bruins’ offense has seen such a great turnaround this season is the play of Brad Marchand. The 27-year-old has always been a contributor for Boston, but he’s been on fire in 2015-16 and he wasn’t about to slow down Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
In the third period of Thursday’s game, the Bruins were killing a penalty when Marchand took possession of the puck in the Boston zone. With time winding down on the penalty, Marchand began to skate it out of the Bruins’ end, but circled back in order to kill a few extra seconds. The turn back ended up being the key to a beautiful goal, as Marchand wound up and gained speed through the neutral zone before burning Zach Bogosian with a between the legs move:
There’s a subtle move Marchand makes — the quick stick lift on Bogosian — that ensures he’ll be able to pick the puck up once he slides it through his legs. It’s those small things that have helped put Marchand on a near 40-goal pace this season.
Through 46 games, Marchand now has 23 goals and 35 points, and he’s on pace to smash his previous career-high goal total. In 2011-12, Marchand set his personal best with a 28-goal campaign, but he’s only five goals off of that mark with 31 games left on the Bruins’ schedule. Netting 30 this season seems all but a certainty for Marchand, while 40 remains well within reach.
Marchand’s goal helped the Bruins take Thursday’s game to overtime, and they picked up the victory thanks to a Ryan Spooner goal in the shootout. Boston is now two points ahead of Detroit for the third divisional playoff berth in the Atlantic Division and seven points back of division leader Florida.