Brad Marchand may have had an amazing regular season, but he disappeared when the Boston Bruins needed him most.
Marchand was a scoring machine this season but what was impressive was his ability to share the puck. Marchy had a career high 64 assists during the 2018-19 season. This was the first 100 point season of his career and it was well deserved.
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Arguably the more impressive feat for Marchand was that he didn’t get suspended. Marchand is one of the best agitator’s in the NHL. No matter what he will find a way to get under an opponent’s skin.
The problem is that sometimes Marchand will go over the line whether it be spearing a player in the groin, delivering a dirty hit, or doing some sort of deed that lands him in the penalty box.
The playoffs were a different story for Brad Marchand. At times he was invisible on the ice and he made some key errors in the Stanley Cup Finals. This will be a loss that sticks with him for a while.
Brad Marchand’s 2018-19 season grade:
BRAD MARCHANDLW, Boston Bruins
Marchand’s spectacular regular season can’t be overlooked. He is just the 10th Bruin to reach 100 points in a season and the first since Joe Thornton in the 2002-03 season.
With that in mind if we were grading Marchand’s postseason it would be closer to a failing grade. Once again when it mattered most Brad Marchand withered.
He may have improved from his 0 point output in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, but you could blame the Bruins Game 7 loss on Marchand’s terrible change that led to a goal late in the 1st period.