Despite outshooting the Edmonton Oilers 49-24, the Bruins still managed to lose in overtime by a score of three to two on Monday night. Cam Talbot, who previously was a goaltenders' representation of a tire fire, decided to have his coming out party against the Black and Gold. He stopped 47 pucks, stonewalling shooters and keeping Boston's offense at bay all night.
Brad Marchand fired nine shots on net, besting his previous career high of seven. Out of his ten shot attempts, nine were on frame, with Talbot stopping eight of them. In the process, Marchand notched his fifteenth goal of the season, good for fifth in the NHL.
The only time that Marchand fired more than ten shot attempts? On a February 18, 2015 contest against the Oilers, Marchand threw the rubber towards frame 11 times. Sense a coincidence?
In last night's contest, Marchand had four high danger scoring chances, one removed from his career high of five in a game. He had eight total scoring chances last night, which tied his record (2/18/15 at Edmonton and 4/14/15 at Montreal).
His nine shots on net last night places him tied for seventh in the league to this point for shots on goal in a single game this season, one of 12 different players to have 9 or more shots this year (Malkin and Crosby have done so twice this year). Out of the top 20 entries, Marchand required the least amount of ice time to reach the highest amount of shots (he did it all in a measly 17:44).
On the whole, Marchand has been shooting more as a function of time than he did last year, shooting 9.26 times per 60 minutes this year compared to his 8.34 last year at 5on5. Assuming he plays the full 80 games at his current ice time per game, he would have 175 shots, which would still not eclipse his rookie year total of 180 at 5on5. Using his career shooting percentage, (11.3%) Marchand would score 20 goals just at 5on5. His powerplay goals and shorthanded prowess not included, if this keeps up he has a very realistic chance to score 30 goals.
His nine shots on goal in one game are six less than Zac Rinaldo has fired on net in 26 games, just for a little perspective.