Brad Marchand was amazing in last year's playoffs. He broke out at as a rookie player to watch and is looking to build off that this season. His new contract has a $2.5 million cap hit, which looks like a steal for the Boston Bruins.
Besides scoring the first goal of the game by getting open and showing incredible patience to beat Bryzgalov on the breakaway, Marchand seemed to be constantly working hard to make himself a threat.
He had multiple scoring chances including another breakaway. He seemed to be the most dangerous Bruin on the ice.
The one knock on his play was the slashing penalty at the end of the game on James Van Riemsdyk. The goalie was pulled and Marchand was trying to keep the puck in the zone.
But the defense was back and at best JVR clears the puck. The slash pretty much put the Bruins away. If Marchand can play like this, I could see him becoming a star in this league.