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By: Aaron Chisling Follow Me On Twitter @achisling
Brad Marchand has earned his reputation throughout hockey as an agitator. Someone who will get under your skin and will force you to make a mistake. There’s no moment that sticks out more than back when Brad Marchand and Matt Cooke were jawing at each other, only for Brad to break away from Cooke, leaving him behind, for an odd-man rush where Brad buried the puck with a well-placed wrist shot.
He’s well on his way to earning a new reputation as well. Brad Marchand earned his first trip to the NHL All-Star game in the 2016-2017 season, and he was actively discussed in the Hart Trophy conversation up until a late-season suspension jettisoned him from that debate. Brad Marchand is no longer just a despised agitator, he’s a third of the best line that Team Canada can put together in international competition.
Most notably, Marchand just tallied his 200th career assist last week on Tuesday against the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. Bergeron finished the play after Marchand’s rebound caromed over the net and behind the Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak. Bergeron gloved the puck out of the air and banked it off of Halak’s skate and in. It wasn’t a beautiful pass, but it was still a helper, and that tally put Marchand over the 200 assist threshold.
Brad Marchand will likely put up a few more milestones before his career in Boston comes to a conclusion. But one thing is for sure – the Nose Face Killah is going to be looking to achieve quite a few more major milestones before his time in the Black and Gold comes to a close. Bruins fans can’t wait to watch.