It seemed things were headed downhill for Boston Bruins’ top-line winger Brad Marchand when he was handed a five-game suspension following a Bruins 3-2 win on January 23. The suspension was a result of elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson and he won’t be eligible to play until the Bruins February 7 tilt against the New York Rangers.

But, lucky for Marchand and Bruins fans the suspension did not extend to the NHL All-Star Weekend tournament where Marchand was picked to participate in the shooting accuracy competition and to play for the Atlantic Division team.

Marchand spent the weekend in Tampa, Florida at Amalie Arena and finished with a goal and three assists throughout the actual games. But, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Marchand despite his continued offensive production. When he was introduced during the shooting accuracy competition he was met with boos from fans in the stands. The Halifax, Canada native handled it well by waving and blowing kisses.

The shooting accuracy competition involved eight competitors who had to hit five targets while a clock was running to see who could be the most accurate and the fastest. Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser ran away with the title (and was named the All-Star Game MVP) while Marchand came in seventh with a time of 44.692 seconds.

The actual games proved to be more successful for the 29-year-old as he had a goal and an assist in the Atlantic Division’s 7-4 win over the Metropolitan Division. The Atlantic Division went on to lose 5-2 in the final game against the Pacific Division, but Marchand was able to add three more assists to his scoresheet.

While the competitiveness is there, for Marchand and the rest of the boys it’s all about having fun: “Little bit of animosity, I guess, but it’s a lot of fun either way.” The fun for Marchand included getting acquainted with an intimidating parrot during media coverage and showing everyone how embellishing is done when he over-exaggerated a trip from Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau. The dramatic act earned him some encouragement from a crowd who had been throwing “a lot of heat.”

Marchand will now fly back to Boston and eagerly await the expiration of his suspension so he can get back to his winning ways on Boston’s top line with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Suspension aside, one thing is for sure– whether it’s in black and gold or neon yellow and blue, Brad Marchand knows how to put on a performance.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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