BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, April 2, that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been named the NHL Third Star of the Month for the month of March.
Marchand averaged 1.53 points per game in the Bruins' 15 games in March, helping the team win nine of those contests and improving the team's record to 47-23-9 (103 points), good for second place in the Atlantic Division and a clinched playoff spot. Heading into the March 30 contest against the Florida Panthers, Marchand was riding a 17 home-point streak.
The Bruins left wing was tied for third in the NHL in scoring last month with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. He had seven multi-point efforts in those 15 games, including two goals against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 12 and two goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 25. He tallied three assists on three occasions, helping the team to a 4-3 win over Florida on March 7, a 5-1 defeat of New Jersey on March 21 and a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers on March 27. His nine power-play points last month had him tied with Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead, his four shorthanded points was tied for first in the NHL with teammate Patrice Bergeron and his 14 assists were tied with Jonathan Huberdeau for fourth in the league in March. He only went three games without recording a point last month.
In his 10th NHL season, all with the Bruins, the Halifax, Nova Scotia native is tied for fifth in the NHL in scoring this season with 98 points (35g, 63a) in 78 games, a career-high. His previous career-high point total was 85 points, 39 goals and 46 assists in the 2016-17 season and 34 goals and 51 assists in the 2017-18 season. Over his career, Marchand has appeared in 680 NHL games, totaling 261 goals and 296 assists for 557 points.