By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bruins winger Brad Marchand's goal with 37 seconds remaining in the first period of Tuesday's 8-1 beatdown of the Canadiens was more than just a tribute to injured center Patrice Bergeron.
It was actually good for Marchand's 600th career point, making him just the 11th player in Bruins history to record 600 points in a Boston uniform. It's a list that includes Marchand, Terry O'Reilly, David Krejci, Ken Hodge, Wayne Cashman, Patrice Bergeron, Bobby Orr, Rick Middleton, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, and Ray Bourque. That's more than a handful of Hockey Hall of Famers, and a decent amount of retired numbers hanging from the TD Garden rafters.
Finishing with a goal and two assists, Marchand now sits just five points behind O'Reilly for No. 10 on Boston's all-time scoring list, and at this rate could bump 'Taz' out of the Top 10 by next weekend.
But the 600-point marker was not the only milestone Marchand hit in the three-point night, as he's already hit the 40-point mark on the 2019-20 season, with 42 points through just 24 contests.
It made Marchand just the fourth Bruins player in the last 45 years to record at least 40 points in 24 team games or fewer, joining Adam Oates (24 games in 1992-93), Phil Esposito (22 games in 1974-75), and Bobby Orr (21 games in 1974-75).
Say it with me now: Hart. Trophy. Candidate.