Right now, there’s really no argument: the Bruins’ first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak is among the best (if not the best) in the NHL.
In years past, it was supposedly Bergeron elevating the two guys on his wings; this year, it’s the opposite, with both Marchand and Pastrnak playing out of their minds.
Every now and then, it’s worth remembering that when he broke into the NHL, Marchand was considered little more than an energy guy, a pest with some grit who might be able to score a big goal or two. He wasn’t expected to be a first-line winger, let alone one who may lead the NHL in points some day.
Nights like tonight put that in perspective, as the one-time energy line guy joined elite Bruins company with his goal late in the first period: the 600 Point Club.
That’s right, the pest himself became the 11th player in franchise history to record 600 regular season points. Marchand now has 601 points (279 goals, 322 assists) in 705 games.
Barring a catastrophic injury, Marchand will pass Terry O’Reilly (606 points) to move into 10th place in franchise history.
Not bad for a 71st-overall pick!