DALLAS – It’s only fitting that Brad Marchand set a new career-high in goals and reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career in a thrilling, important comeback win for the Bruins. The Bruins winger continued his career redefining season with a pair of goals in Boston’s 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars at the Air Canada Center. Marchand scored each of the B’s first two goals to keep the Bruins in it while the Stars were hitting with their heaviest hits offensively, and finished with three points in the statement win for the Black and Gold.
After never scoring more than 28 goals in an entire NHL season, Marchand now has 30 goals with 23 games still remaining in the season. It’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility that Marchand could be the first Bruins player since Glenn Murray in 2002-03 (44 goals and 92 points) to reach 40 goals in a season, and that would really be a huge step forward for No. 63.
“I was excited. The way that win just makes it an enjoyable night, and something we’re all excited about it,” said Marchand. “We have to realize how we played this game tonight and the type of game we played, and try to carry that into each and every game. If we do that then we’re going to be a pretty good team.”
Another way the Bruins can be a pretty good team? Simply follow the lead of Marchand, who is stepping up to produce offensively with 10 goals and 14 points in 10 games during the month of February, and also leading the way with a swagger and attitude that wouldn’t allow the Bruins to even consider folding when down two goals after the first period in Dallas.