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Why not Brad Marchand?

NHL: Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks
Brad Marchand just steamrolled the Canucks
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Hardy Bruins fans who stayed up last night were rewarded with a quota win over the Canucks, including a hat trick from the Little Ball of Great.

  • When Patrice Bergeron is “just trying to get out of the way” you just know that Brad Marchand is on a tear. His timing was good, after an iffy first period against the Henrik Sedin/Daniel Sedin/Mikael Granlund line . (With video) Boston Globe
  • Marchand just seems to have a thing about Vancouver, and an ability to pick up and carry the Bruins on his back when needed. WEEI
  • Look out, Sidney Crosby, Marchand has your league lead in goal scoring in his sights! Causeway Crowd
  • For Marchand, the Art Ross and Rocket Richard trophies are not out of the question. The Score
  • It didn’t look certain for a bit there, but Tuukka Rask earned his 200th career victory last night. WEEI
  • A pair of young Bruins are working to stick at the NHL level. Austin Czarnik is coming back to the show after injury and a stint in Providence. Peter Cehlarik is taking a seat as he still seeks his first NHL goal (that will not be called back.) Boston Globe
  • Baby boom- the new episode of Behind the B welcomes new Bruin Drew Stafford and then has Marchand, Matt Beleskey,and their wives shopping for baby strollers. The Boston Blades, Pride, and Hal Gill run a hockey clinic for girls. (Video, 21:44) Bruins NHL
  • Next up for the Bruins- the red hot Flames tomorrow night, fresh off of a win over the Penguins and riding a ten game win streak. National Post

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • This handy graphic will keep you up on the Stanley Cup Playoff seedings as each day’s game results are posted. Right now, the Bruins would face off against the Senators. NHL
  • Down Goes Brown looks at what’s hot and not- likely first round playoff rivalry pairings and nods for the best deadline acquisitions. Sportsnet
  • Thirty Thoughts is up early. What gives with the Bettman and the decision about the 2018 Olympics, or even the Coyotes and Glendale situation? As for the latter, Elliotte Friedman is just plain all talked out on the subject. Sportsnet
  • Portland, Maine is now down to two candidates to return pro hockey to town. Forecaster