There is no doubt that the 2021 MVP during the regular season for the Boston Bruins was Brad Marchand. He finished the season with 29 goals and 40 assists in 53 games with an over / under over-26.
In seven playoff games, Marchand has four goals and two assists for the Black & Gold. Starting tonight’s Game 3 against the New York Islanders in their best-of-seven series which is tied 1-1 , the Bruins will look to bounce back from Monday night’s 4-3 overtime loss at TD Garden.
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In Monday’s loss, Marchand scored the tying goal in the third period on the power play to force overtime and he also had an assist on Patrice Bergeron’s goal earlier in the same period. With the two points, the Bruins’ first line left winger tallied his 100th and 101st career playoff points, placing him in fifth place on the all-time franchise list.
Marchand is at a point of overtaking Phil Esposito and climbing towards his current teammates Bergeron and David Krejci. The Bruins will certainly need the 33-year-old from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to continue his playoff production.
Following the Taylor Hall trade on April 11, the Bruins had two lines that occurred at the end of the season and in their first-round streak they won in five games against the Washington Capitals. . This series, however, against the Islanders, the Black and Gold are going to need more of the front row and Marchand.
Boston’s top line of Marchand, Bergeron and David Pastrnak have been good lately, but if there’s been a consistent producer this season it’s Marchand. After losing the home ice advantage to the Islanders, the Bruins will need to win at least one game in Long Island to be the East Division team to advance to the semi-finals. If there’s one player who can lead them and continue to climb the playoff scorers list, it’s Marchand.