Marchand/By S. Bradley

It must’ve been killing Brad Marchand to not be in the Bruins’ lineup for three games, including the fight-filled affair with Atlanta Dec. 23, because of “general soreness.”

First off, Marchand didn’t want to concede that the monster hit Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban clobbered him with got the better of him. Second, Marchand has worked too hard to risk losing his job in the NHL to injury — and Boston won two of those three games (in addition to winning the game with Washington that Marchand missed all but 7:18 of).

Well, after returning to the Bruins’ lineup in Tampa last Wednesday, Marchand made sure that he not only deserved to be re-inserted but also isn’t likely to get pulled out unless the injury bug bites again. For his efforts, Marchand was voted Bruin of the Week by readers of

Who should be the Bruin of the Week?

  • Brad Marchand (58%, 55 Votes)
  • Michael Ryder (19%, 18 Votes)
  • Mark Recchi (17%, 16 Votes)
  • Zdeno Chara (7%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

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Marchand made his impact immediately, as he scored a goal in the victory over the Lightning.

Marchand was also at his pesky best, as he drew no fewer than two penalties in the win.

Saturday night in Buffalo, Marchand was again at his offensive best with a goal in the wild, 7-6, shootout loss to the Sabres. Marchand was perfectly positioned to tip home Johnny Boychuk’s slap shot from the right point.

Proving how responsible he has become, Marchand posted a plus-3 rating for the week. He is plus-8 for the season with 14 points (6 goals).

Once seen as a guy that could just add some agitating to Boston’s lineup, Marchand has emerged as a multi-purpose player that can put the pressure on opposing defenses 5-on-5 and can penalty kill with the best of them (he has three shorthanded goals). Obviously, only injury can stop him.