The Bruins have played a league-low four games, but that hasn’t stopped Brad Marchand from being his usual elite self.
With four goals and seven points through four games, Marchand is tied for the 19th-most points in the league out of the gate this year, and all 18 players ahead of Marchand have played at least one more game than Marchand. That torrid pace also sets Marchand up for what would be an insane (and probably unlikely, at least on the goal front) 82-goal, 144-point pace.
But Marchand doesn’t feel like he’s even hit the level he wants to be at this season.
“I actually don’t think I’ve played my best hockey,” Marchand admitted. “Regardless of the points, I think I can be better, manage pucks better. I’ve felt tired in a few games.”
Tired?! The man has felt tired?!
Speaking just from the naked eye view: Marchand hasn’t looked tired. He’s been the same on-puck, all-guts player that drives the Boston first line. But if we’re looking for anything to nitpick, Marchand may have a point relating this to his line as a whole, as there’s been a few instances where his line has made that one extra pass instead of trusting their lethal shot.
Even so, Marchand has clearly made the most of his opportunities while still looking to find that next level.
“I just think sometimes things go your way, you get bounces at the right time,” Marchand said. “I still think I can be better than what I’ve been. Points are part of it, obviously, but I want to be happy with where I’m playing and how I’m playing, and I’m not quite happy enough yet with how things have been.”
One thing’s for sure: If Marchand gets happier with this game, the rest of the NHL is gonna be real, real miserable.
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