Brad Marchand apparently appreciates a good anthem when he hears one.
The Boston Bruins forward congratulated anthem singer Sophia Pierce for a job well done before their game against the Ottawa Senators on Monday.
Pierce, 9, has participated in Senators anthems since 2018 and performed stirring renditions of both the "Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" ahead of the puck drop Monday.
Marchand stick-tapped Pierce after singing the American anthem, then was moved to shake her hand after a bilingual performance of the Canadian anthem.
Maybe Pierce's performance inspired Marchand to pick up two assists in the game. Or maybe it propelled the Senators to a 5-2 win. Either way, her singing and Marchand's gesture were really good.