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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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B\'s Leading Scorer Still Working to Get Better
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\u2019s proving to be a vital component of the Bruins\u2019 historic early season success.

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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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 76 21 32 2 53
L. Eriksson 76 20 24 2 44
M. Lucic 76 18 26 15 44
C. Soderberg 77 12 30 11 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
B. Marchand 72 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 76 13 25 9 38
T. Krug 73 12 25 15 37
D. Krejci 42 7 21 6 28
D. Pastrnak 41 11 16 14 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 32 19 12 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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