This is Kentucky/Wisconsin. This is Duke/Gonzaga. This is elite vs. elite. Two of Marchand's best overall highlights, and both happen to come on the penalty kill. There's a reason why Marchand has as many short-handed goals as he does powerplay goals over the last five years. Short answer, he's a beast. Sadly, we'll need to pick just one in today's edition of...
Round Two: Short-handed Goals
1. SHG on Luongo, Canucks - 2011
Aside from Bergeron's series-winning one-timer from the slot in Game 7, this is the goal I'll remember from the Stanley Cup Finals. Marchand fighting off Vancouver defenseman, racing down the wall, cutting to the middle, and outlasting Luongo before roofing it into a wide open net. I'll never forget the form Brad takes on this shot, as the clip is engrained in my memory, playing hundreds of times in slow motion (see :37 of the video). To me it's one of the turning points of the series, padding a lead in a game where the Bruins were shaken from the loss of Horton, and a game they desperately needed being down 0-2.
2. Marchand Dekes LA, Beats Quick - 2014
The Bruins had won just 2 of their first 6 games in the 2014 calendar year, despite being during the midst of a Presidents' Trophy-winning season. Boston then welcomed the eventual Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings, who essentially had an identical record as the Bruins at the time. Half-way through a scoreless 1st period, LA went on the man-advantage. But after Jake Muzzin can't handle a tumbling rebound, Bergeron feeds the outlet to Marchand, who makes a fool of the entire Kings roster. Marchy undresses (and de-sticks) Drew Doughty, curls around Selke-finalist Anze Kopitar, and shoots a wrister by the elite Johnathan Quick. One hell of a highlight.
So will it be a huge goal in the Stanley Cup Finals? Or a huge showcase of skill against the eventual winners of the Stanley Cup?