An all-time franchise great with no signs of slowing down, the Bruins’ Brad Marchand decided to move up the team record books in delightful fashion Monday night in Montreal.
Actually, if anything, it was perfectly fitting fashion for Boston’s No. 63.
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Entering play deadlocked with his current boss, Cam Neely, for sixth on the club’s all-time goals list, the 5-foot-9 Marchand scored two of the most Marchand-esque goals you’ll ever see and helped earn the B’s a big two points.
To break out of the tie and into sole possession of the No. 6 spot, Marchand nearly battled a puck out of the air and through Jake Allen, only to miss it ever so slightly and crash right into the boards. But Marchand got right back up, drove to the front of the net, and then shifted slightly to the left, where he received a sweet dish from Erik Haula for a wide-open look at the cage.
But as good as that tally was in terms of displaying Marchand’s compete, it was the second goal that stole the show.
About 30 minutes after a careless Marchand pass sparked the Canadiens for a shorthanded 2-on-0 that gave them the lead, and after Connor Clifton knotted things up for Boston late, a sudden stop from Haula opened a lane up for a charging Marchand in overtime. And fed right on the tape, Marchand wasted no time making Allen look downright silly.
What a finish from Brad Marchand for the OT winner.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) March 22, 2022
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