Marchand collects trophies, points in finale


Marchand collects trophies, points in finale

BOSTON -- The trophy case at Brad Marchands parents house in Halifax might be getting a little cramped at this point.

The Little Ball of Hate is clearly excited to return to the place where President Barack Obama dubbed him with his nickname for when the B's and Capitals meet in the playoffs. But Marchand also loves playing at home, where he's been very good. In fact, he cleaned up with the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy as the Bruins best home performer for the season, and the John P. Bucyk Award for the greatest off-ice charitable contributions, hand-picked by the Chief himself.

Marchand also showed a bit of class -- that sometimes goes under the radar given his antagonizing ways -- by grabbing the puck for Patrice Bergerons 400th point after he assisted on Tyler Seguins third period goal.

We wouldnt have won last year without him. We wouldnt have the success weve had this year without him, said Marchand of Bergeron. Hes the kind of player that wins championship and hes the kind of player you build championship teams around.

Both awards were presented to Marchand prior to Saturdays regular season finale, and then the rabble-rousing Bs imp potted his 28th goal of the season in Bostons 4-3 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Not a bad day for No. 63, who followed up a strong 20-goal rookie season with 28 goals, 55 points and a plus-31 in 76 games for the Bruins. Marchand even copped to missing a breakaway chance during the game to give his buddy Tyler Seguin the sole team lead with 29 goals scored this season.

Yeah, I missed it on purpose because he was crying about how he wanted before the game, said Marchand with a smirk. So I let him have it.

The back-and-forth between Marchand and Seguin for the goal-scoring lead on the Bruins was one of the more enjoyable subplots to the second half of the season, and Bergeron said it was fitting they were going back and forth on the final day of the season.

It was fun. Thats what I told them. I knew Marchand was going to try to score another one just to get back to even with Seguin, said Bergeron. Its healthy competition between the two. They try to do things together, I guess. But theyre playing great and its nice to have them both on my side.

Lost in all the scoring title hubbub was the fact that both third period goals also allowed the Bruins to get into overtime and end the season on a winning note. But once again the regular season credit and the trophies that go along with it dont really matter much starting Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

Theres always more room for more trophies, said Marchand. But the only one Im making room for is the Stanley Cup. So hopefully we get lucky again.

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