Brad Marchand has continued in the IIHF World Hockey Championships right where he left off after a career scoring year in Boston.
Marchand has scored two goals in two games for Team Canada while skating on a line with flashy phenom center Connor McDavid and skilled Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. In the process he has helped his country score a couple of wins in the first two rounds of the international series set in Russia this spring.
The first goal in Canada’s opening game was a shorthanded strike that Marchand specializes in that helped the Canadians overpower Team USA by a 5-1 score. He then scored a beauty against Hungary on Sunday after getting a sweet saucer feed from McDavid that allowed the B’s agitator to make a couple of moves on the overmatched Hungarian goaltender.
“They played hard all of the way through. It’s never easy games. Other teams come to battle,” Marchand said to TSN following the dismantling of Hungary on Sunday afternoon. “I think we’ve all had a little bit of time off, so we’re just trying to feel each other out and get used to playing together. But they’re both phenomenal players. It’s been a lot of fun playing with them, so hopefully we continue to improve each game. It’s phenomenal how fast [McDavid] is.”
The strong showing from Marchand is helping Team Canada in the short term, but it may also be helping make the left winger’s case for a spot on the World Cup of Hockey roster this fall alongside his longtime linemate Patrice Bergeron.
Marchand is joined at the World Championships this month by fellow Bruins forwards Frank Vatrano and David Pastrnak playing for the United States and Czech Republic respectively. Vatrano posted a picture on his Instagram with a number of his “ex-Eagles” buddies, including Thatcher Demko and Noah Hanifin, currently playing for Team USA in the World Championships alongside him in “Mother Russia.” Vatrano, of course, went to UMass rather than Boston College and stands off to the side as to not break up the Boston College reunion.
Bunch of ex Eagles hanging out in mother Russia 🇷🇺 #🐣 https://t.co/AqLdxxhEWK— Frank Vatrano (@Frank_Vatrano) May 8, 2016