Brad Marchand proved that the Boston Bruins are a better team when he plays with motivation. Marchand scored his first goal in seven games and assisted on another to give him two points in a much-needed win against the New York Rangers. I have been Marchand’s toughest critic this year. It’s as if he is a shell of himself. He has played with no fight, no urgency and no motivation until today.
His legs looked healthy and he moved with a sense of purpose, and it showed on the scoreboard. The Bruins need the second line to produce, and Marchand is a major factor in that happening. The fact that he was able to assist on a goal scored by Patrice Bergeron is incredibly encouraging for the Bruins.
The Bruins have lacked points from some of their senior leaders, and it has shown in the standings. The Bruins are notorious for going into overtime and shootouts with teams they should be beating in regulation.
If Marchand could return to form and be the little ball of hate that Bruins fans have come to love, then the Bruins will continue to be dominant. He is an important piece to this puzzle and if this turnaround is permanent, then it is incredibly promising for the Bruins. There should be no reason the Bruins can’t reach another Stanley Cup with the Brad Marchand that everyone has become accustomed to over the past few years.