All it took was one pretty good game to underscore just how valuable Brad Marchand is to the Bruins when he’s mentally, physically and emotionally invested into what’s going on around him.
All three parts were on display in the 4-1 victory over the moribund Florida Panthers at TD Garden on Thursday night. It showed how free and easy things can be for the B’s agitator when he brushes that monkey off his back.
Sure, it ended with a third-period goal that ended up as the game-winner while snapping a 12-game goal-scoring drought.
“I think [Marchand] scored the goal the way we know he scores,” said coach Claude Julien. “Made a great play at the blue line, and then just skated to the net. [He] was able to jump on that loose puck. He talked about moving his feet, and when he moves his feet he creates things and he scores himself some goals too.”
It all started in the first period when Marchand was front and center attempting to inspire himself and his teammates. Marchand had to get dra...