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May 21, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) in the offensive zone during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

A virtual NHL Awards ceremony came with one of the top honors in the game for Bruins superstar Brad Marchand, as the 5-foot-9 winger as named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team for the 2021 season.

The honor marked the second time Marchand’s been selected as the league’s top left wing, and first since 2016-17 after he earned Second All-Star Team selections in both 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Boston’s motor from Day 1 through the end of their postseason run, Marchand led the Bruins in goals (29), assists (40), and points (69) in 2021, and his 69 points trailed only Connor McDavid (100) and Leon Draisaitl (84) for the most in the NHL. Marchand also finished second among all NHLers in shorthanded goals (four), while his seven shorthanded points were the most among all NHL skaters in 2021.

Breaking it down per game, Marchand’s 1.30 points per game to end the regular season was the best of his career, and was actually the third-highest pace among all Boston skaters (minimum 50 games played) since the start of the 21st century, trailing only Joe Thornton (1.31 in 2002-03) and David Pastrnak (1.36 in 2019-20).

Marchand also finished fifth for the 2021 Hart Trophy, awarded to the league’s most valuable player, with 134 points. Marchand got to that 134 with six second-place votes, five third-place votes, 16 fourth-place votes, and 19 fifth-place votes. The only players with more points than Marchand were the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (223 points), Colorado’s Nathan McKinnon (313 points), Toronto’s Auston Matthews (600), and McDavid.

McDavid was a unanimous choice for the Hart, with 1,000 points by way of 100 first-place votes, making him just the second player to win the Hart by a unanimous vote (Wayne Gretzky accomplished the feat in 1981-82).

Marchand’s linemate, David Pastrnak, finished in a tie for 19th in the Hart voting with one fifth-place vote.

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