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B's Leading Scorer Still Working to Get Better

Brad Marchand has a team-leading six goals, but still expects more from his game

Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 3:27 PM ET / Features
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BostonBruins.com - Scoring goals isn’t always the first thing on Brad Marchand’s mind.

He doesn’t even "remember" netting the game-winner in Boston’s shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on January 29—or so he claims, anyway.

“I just blacked out,” he relayed to reporters after the game. “I don’t know what happened. I just made a move and shot and looked back, and it was in.”

Whether he remembers them or not, Marchand leads the B’s with six goals through 10 games, and his production has propelled the team to its best start in franchise history. Even though he’s on pace for a 33-goal season—which would break his previous high of 27 despite the condensed schedule—Marchand still isn’t satisfied.

“I feel like I haven’t played my best up to this point,” he said. “[Against Buffalo on Sunday] I felt a little bit better, but I still feel like I’m not playing my best hockey. There are definitely areas I need to improve.”

If Marchand’s best indeed lies ahead, then the rest of the league best take notice. Either way, he’s quick to attribute his hot hand to two things: his linemates and a little bit of luck.

“I don’t do a whole lot out there. It’s more of the guys I’m playing with,” he said. “You see [Patrice Bergeron], he puts up 60-plus points a year, and [Tyler Seguin], he’s got incredible talent. I’m just lucky enough to be with those guys.”

He adds, “You could go nine or 10 games without a goal and then go five games with five goals. It’s just how things go.”

Marchand might shy away from taking credit, but his teammates won’t hesitate to praise him.

“When he has the puck in the offensive zone, he holds onto it and waits for his opportunity,” Chris Kelly said. “He’s got a great shot. He can shoot the puck and he capitalizes on his opportunities—that’s what makes him a special player.”

With 38 games in the next 74 days, Marchand has every opportunity to meet his own expectations. Whether or not he remembers the goals he scores along the way, he’s proving to be a vital component of the Bruins’ historic early season success.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
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B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
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