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Brad Marchand didn’t have the best night, but he made the most of it.

Despite finishing seventh in accuracy shooting and being stoned by Marc-Andre Fleury on two shootout attempts during the goalie save streak event – all while hearing it a time or two from the Tampa crowd – Marchand’s experience at the GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition was not diminished.

“It’s fun. I also get a good laugh when [Sidney Crosby] gets booed more than I do here,” Marchand joked following the event at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. “It makes me feel good. Just being around a relaxed group and getting to know each other outside of the game, it’s always nice when you play each other. It’s a lot of fun being here and being in this atmosphere.”

Marchand participated officially in only one event, the Honda Accuracy Shooting competition, and placed seventh out of eight participants with a time of 44.692 seconds. Vancouver rookie Brock Boeser won it with a time of 11.136 seconds.

“I thought the goal was to miss the targets, if you can tell,” Marchand quipped. “Panic mode set in, you get in there and everyone is booing you…pressure was on and I completely buckled.

“It’s definitely a little harder than it looks, a little more pressure involved. That’s the one I kind of wanted to do, but after doing it I might have to stay away from that one if I were to come again.”

The two-time All-Star said playing in real NHL games is far easier than having the spotlight solely on you during a timed competition – with a hostile crowd against you.

“When you’re in a real game you don’t notice the crowd, but in a situation like that you kind of notice it a little bit more and it was fun,” said Marchand. “A lot of eyes on you…even though I didn’t do great I enjoyed it.”

Marchand was also one of Fleury’s victims during the inaugural GEICO NHL Save Streak. The Vegas netminder turned away 14 straight breakaway attempts, two from Marchand, to take the title over Nashville’s Pekka Rinne (13).

“I was having a tough go,” said Marchand. “I almost fell as soon as I picked up the puck. I thought I was gonna lose it so I just pushed it in. He made a good save. Gotta give him credit, he was hot today.”

Other winners included Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (fastest skater), Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (hardest shot), St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo (passing challenge), and Johnny Gaudreau (puck control).

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Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended five games Wednesday by the NHL Department of Player Safety for elbowing Marcus Johansson of the New Jersey Devils, the maximum amount allowable without an in-person hearing.

The NHL told ESPN on Wednesday that despite the suspension, Marchand is still eligible to play on the Atlantic Division team in Sunday’s All-Star Game as well participate in the skills competition and all events related to the game.

This is the sixth time Marchand has been suspended by the NHL in his nine-season career, for a total of 19 games. His last suspension was in April 2017, for spearing Jake Dotchin of Tampa Bay. This suspension matches the longest of his career, having been previously suspended five games for clipping Vancouver Canucks defenseman Sami Salo in 2012.

Marchand has also been fined three times. In total, he has lost $872,521 to supplemental discipline in his career.

In the third period of Tuesday night’s Boston win over New Jersey, Marchand hit Johansson in the head as he attempted to chase down a rebounded shot near the Devils’ goal. There was no penalty called on the play. Johansson suffered a concussion on the hit.

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Wednesday that he believed Marchand was trying to protect himself on the play from an onrushing Johansson and didn’t have intent to injure the Devils forward.

“In talking to Brad this morning, he said he just saw a Devils sweater there and he was protecting himself from contact. Brad’s taken a couple of hits this year, missed some time, so I absolutely think a player should protect themselves if they see a hit coming. It’s up to the league to determine whether it’s legal or not,” Cassidy said.

The Department of Player Safety determined it was illegal, saying in its judgement on Marchand: “While we acknowledge Marchand’s argument that he is attempting to defend himself from oncoming contact, it is Marchand who initiates the contact on this play. This is not a defensive maneuver, made for Marchand’s protection.”

Marchand has 50 points in 38 games (21 goals, 29 assists) for the Bruins and had been named to the Atlantic Division team for this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game game in Tampa.

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The National Hockey League announced today, ‪January 10, that Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been named to the 2018 NHL All-Star team. This is the second straight All-Star Game selection for Marchand. For the full 2018 All-Star rosters, visit

Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring this season with 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points in 32 games, to go along with 35 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating. He is among the league leaders in several categories, including points per game (4th), goals per game (8th) and plus/minus (9th). He has also recorded at least one point in 23 of his 32 appearances this season.

In 2016-17, Marchand was named an NHL First-Team All-Star after establishing career-highs in goals (39), assists (46) and points (85), while adding 81 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating in 80 games. His 39 goals were tied for fourth-most in the NHL and were the most by a Bruins player since Glen Murray (44) in 2002-03.

Since 2010-11 – his first full NHL season with the Bruins – Marchand leads the league in plus/minus (plus-178) and shorthanded goals (23). For his career, the 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward has played in 566 NHL games – all with the Bruins – tallying 209 goals and 205 assists for 414 points with 550 penalty minutes.

Marchand has also appeared in 72 career postseason games with the Black and Gold, compiling 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points with 87 penalty minutes. During the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Championship run in 2011, Marchand potted 11 goals – second-most in the postseason behind teammate David Krejci (12).

The 29-year-old Halifax, Nova Scotia native was originally selected by the Bruins in the third round (71st overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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In addition to banking more points in the standings, the Bruins’ recent run of success has had some other added benefits.

In winning three of their last four games by scores of 5-1, 5-0, and 5-1, Boston has had the chance to limit minutes for some of its most important players – chief among them Patrice Bergeron. In each of the last two games – blowout victories over Ottawa and the New York Islanders – Bergeron has played 12:58 (a season low) and 14:22. Dating back to Dec. 18, a span of eight games, Boston’s No. 1 pivot has played under 18 minutes in six of them.

It is a sharp – but welcome – drop-off for Bergeron, who is averaging 20 minutes, 9 seconds of ice time this season, the second highest total among Bruins forward behind Brad Marchand (20:15). The Bruins hope that trend continues on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.

“I think it’s very important,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of limiting Bergeron’s minutes. “In Ottawa we had those minutes spread out. We go into Washington, it was overtime, a lot of special teams, they had zone time – I think he ended up at 24 minutes, that’s a heavy workload for anybody in this league, especially at forward.

“We don’t want to go down that road very often. But having games like [Tuesday] night and Ottawa allows us to push the envelope a little bit. I think it’s very important.

“It’s a long year, the schedule the way it is, you’re playing and we’re off on another break next week, time to re-charge, but then we’re playing and playing. Got to be careful there with certain guys. He’s one that we really lean on.”

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Danton Heinen picked up a goal and an assist on Tuesday night in Brooklyn, giving him points in seven of his last 10 games. Five of those contests have been multi-point nights, including three of his last four.

The 22-year-old is now third on the Bruins in scoring with 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 34 games. It has been an impressive showing for the rookie, who was in Providence to start the season.

“He makes a few more of those riskier plays that work out, that he might not try as a younger player that lacks confidence,” said Cassidy. “I think that’s part of confidence, part of knowing he’s kind of settled into his spot here. I don’t think it’s anything high, high risk. But it’s playing through people that he might not have done in the past. Most of them have worked out well.”

Cassidy also noted the 6-foot-1, 185-pound winger’s improved strength on the puck.

“The biggest thing is he wins a lot more pucks than last year,” said Cassidy. “I just think it’s comfort level in the NHL…he’s going through a lot of ups. He’s got the right people around him to help through it if he does have a bad day, which are few and far between. He’s been good.”

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Finding ways to win when you may not have your best is one of the truest tests of a good team. For much of the first two periods on Wednesday night, the Bruins looked anything but the group that had won eight of their last 10 games.

Boston managed just two shots on goal in the first period – none over the frame’s final 18 minutes. The Red Wings played a stifling brand of defense for much of the night, zipping shut shooting lanes with 22 blocked shots.

But the Bruins were not deterred.

Boston twice battled back from down a goal to tie the game in the third period, before Brad Marchand sealed the come-from-behind victory with a backhand breakaway just 35 seconds into overtime at Little Caesars Arena. The Bruins’ ninth win in 11 games was, perhaps, its most telling.

“It’s big. It just shows the character that we have in the room and that we’re really learning a lot and starting to come together,” said Marchand, who also delivered a slick assist on David Pastrnak’s tying marker with 1:26 remaining in regulation.

“Different guys are stepping up every night. To have a good team you need that. We’re going to need that still going forward, but it’s great to see.”

After a Dylan Larkin shorthanded tally put Detroit ahead midway through the third, Marchand forced the game to overtime with a stellar dish to Pastrnak with the goalie pulled.

Bruce Cassidy summoned Tuukka Rask to the bench with 2:32 remaining, allowing him to deploy David Backes as the extra skater, a luxury Boston’s bench boss was without during the winger’s absence earlier this season.

With Backes’ big body parked at the top of the paint, the slightest of lanes opened up through the slot, allowing Marchand to thread a pass through three Detroit defenders. Pastrnak was positioned at the far post where he ripped the puck into an open net to tie the game, 2-2.

“What goes unnoticed is that’s where we missed Backes a little bit earlier in the empty nets [situations]. He’ll go right to the top of the paint,” said Cassidy. “He’s going to occupy the goaltender, at least one defender, so that does open up lanes. I thought [David Krejci] did a really good job up top.

“Obviously finding the lane was the key part of it and that’s on Pasta to move around to find it.”

Pastrnak did just that, admitting that he only picked up the pass from Marchand at the last second. His 15th goal of the season extended his league-leading points streak to nine games (5-6-11).

“I didn’t even see Marchy,” said Pastrnak, who was playing in his 200th career game. “Last time I saw him he was coming down the wall. I thought he was going to shoot it. I saw the puck real last second. It was not an easy shot; it was coming pretty hot. But I got it on the ice and had an empty net. I’m surprised I even hit that puck.”

Boston started the extra session with Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug, and Marchand – Cassidy’s preferred overtime trio. They wasted little time ending it.

Bergeron helped Marchand dig the puck off the wall in the Bruins’ end, before Marchand quickly moved it to Krug (two assists) and started a 2-on-1 through the neutral zone. With Mike Green closing on Krug, the blue liner sauced a backhand to Marchand in open ice.

Marchand broke in all alone on Jimmy Howard and shook off a late attempt by Green to break up the play, roofing a backhander over the sprawling Howard for the winner just 35 ticks into extra time.

“They played a really good defensive game. They didn’t give us a whole lot,” said Marchand. “They play really tight, almost a man-on-man over the whole ice; they really collapse in the D-zone. If you don’t take care of pucks, which we didn’t do a good job of early on you’re not going to get much and they worked hard.

“They out-battled us early on. Luckily we were able to bounce back.”

While Boston’s top dogs carried them to victory in the end, it was a more unheralded group that lit the match early in the third period. Down, 1-0, the Bruins got a boost from its fourth line to spark the offense.

After losing a faceoff in the attacking end, Tim Schaller and Noel Acciari charged hard into the corner, forcing a turnover behind the net. Acciari scooped up the loose puck and had his attempt to tuck it in at the post denied by Howard. The rebound popped out to Schaller, who had two more attempts stoned by Howard.

Fortunately for the Bruins, Acciari had circled the net and was there to finally swat it home and knot the game 3:02 into the final frame.

“We talked about it after the second period that sometimes you need other guys to step up in these moments,” said Cassidy. “Tonight our top guys were having a tough time getting through their checks. Good for Noel and [Sean] Kuraly and Schaller to do that…gotta give them a lot of credit because they gave us some juice.”

It may have taken a little longer than they would have liked, but the Bruins got what they wanted. Another balanced effort with contributions from up and down the lineup. And two more points in the bank as they continue to climb up the Eastern Conference standings.

“A lot of pride in that room realizing we needed to be better,” said Cassidy, while still preaching the importance of producing a full 60-minute effort. “Guys wanting to win, appreciating what to do to play winning hockey eventually.”

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With each passing day, the Bruins are inching closer to a return to full health. But there is still some work to be done.

Brad Marchand and Torey Krug skated with the team on Tuesday, but will not travel to New Jersey and have been ruled out for the game against the Devils on Wednesday night. Ryan Spooner, meanwhile, appears close to a return from the torn adductor that has sidelined him for the last five-plus weeks.

“It was a long 5 ½ weeks,” said Spooner, who took his normal reps with the first power-play unit during Tuesday’s session. “Not sure if I’m gonna play yet, but I’m gonna go with the team, skate in the morning, and go from there. I felt good, first practice I’ve had and felt fine, so that’s good.”

Marchand started practice in his usual white sweater, but ditched it for a burgundy non-contact jersey roughly halfway through the session. Krug – who left practice early – and David Backes also donned the non-contact jerseys.

For Marchand, it was the first step in his return from an undisclosed injury that has caused him to miss the last three games.

“Good to be back out with the guys and feel like part of the team again,” said Marchand. “It’s frustrating any time you have to miss games and time away from the team. It’s disappointing. The guys had a great road trip and are playing well, so it’s fun to watch. It would be nice to be back in the lineup and be part of the team again, but it will come.”

Boston’s No. 1 left winger has missed five of the team’s last seven games. After sitting out two games with an upper-body injury, Marchand returned for the back-to-back against Toronto some 10 days ago and was nicked up again on the second night in Boston.

“I’m feeling a little better and progressing,” said Marchand. “Today was really the first day I skated high-intensity. We’ll just keep going day by day.”

Though disappointed to be out of the lineup, Marchand was impressed with the team’s play on the West Coast during his absence and had particularly high praise for Boston’s youth.

“I think the younger guys did a really good job stepping up, Jake DeBrusk had a great game [against San Jose],” said Marchand. “Throughout the lineup guys are playing with more confidence and stepping up their game. That’s what we need, guys stepping up at different times. We’re getting that.”

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With Krug still out, the Bruins recalled Matt Grzelcyk from Providence. It’s the Charlestown native’s second stint with Boston this season, having played in the B’s season opener against Nashville.

The 5-foot-9, 174-pound blue liner had four assists and a plus-4 rating in 14 games with Providence this season and is often compared to Krug in both stature and skill set.

“Puck mover, he’s quick, he gets up the ice, supports the rush, good distributor, a lot of similarities to Torey. And naturally it’s always, ‘Well, because of their similar makeup…’ But they are similar,” said Cassidy. “Torey at this level, and even at the AHL level his first year, is a more dynamic offensive player. We’re still looking for that from Grizz. Whether it’s in him or not, time will tell. We believe it is, we’ve just got to get it out of him.”

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Brad Marchand is the latest banged-up Bruin, as he will sit out Monday night’s tilt with the Minnesota Wild with a lower-body injury suffered against the Capitals over the weekend. Boston’s top winger joins the list of 11 Bruins who have missed time with injury so far this season.

“He got hit early, got bumped into [John] Carlsson later,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “He had a couple of bumps along the way. He was able to finish the game, so that’s the encouraging part.”

With Marchand sidelined, Anders Bjork will slide up to play the left wing alongside Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Frank Vatrano will return to the lineup after being the healthy scratch against Washington.

“He’s a big part of our offense, no question,” said Bergeron. “But it’s always about the next man up, whoever is taking that spot, to respond and be good.”

So far this season, the Bruins have dealt with an inordinate amount of injuries to their core with Noel Acciari, David Backes, Bergeron, Anton Khudobin, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Tuukka Rask, and Ryan Spooner all missing time for various ailments.

The one silver lining of what has been a seemingly never-ending string of injuries is the opportunity it has presented to some of Boston’s young players.

“This is the exception not the rule around here to have this many guys out at one time,” said Cassidy. “You may have this many injuries, but they’re spread out. To come all at once is tough. But you plug away and I think we’ve been doing a good job lately of staying in games and finding a formula that’s been successful for us.

“We’re gonna stick with that. Other guys get opportunities. [Marchand] goes out and someone moves up. That’s the only way we can look at it.”

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The Bruins’ inaugural trip to Las Vegas was not as fun as they had hoped.

Boston struggled to create much offensively, while surrendering back-to-back goals late in the second period, in a 3-1 loss to the expansion Golden Knights in the teams’ first-ever meeting at T-Mobile Arena.

The Bruins landed just 21 shots on goal, with only a handful of strong scoring opportunities, a night after they blitzed the Coyotes for six goals in a convincing victory in Arizona. Boston also missed the net on 12 attempts and had 10 shots blocked

“We were making it hard on ourselves. We were trying to do too much with the puck,” said Brad Marchand, who landed a team-high three shots on goal. “Weren’t directing enough pucks to the net which makes it tough to get there, you can’t get rebounds.”

Ex-Bruin Malcolm Subban made his first start for the Golden Knights after ace Marc-Ander Fleury was placed on injured reserved with a concussion. The former first-round pick made 20 saves to pick up his first career victory.

Boston praised the play of their former teammate, but was left lamenting a lack of assertiveness in the offensive end.

“He was good,” said Torey Krug. “He obviously showed up and had a shutout for almost the whole game. I still don’t think we made it difficult on him. He’s a great goaltender, a really skilled talent and he held up his end.”

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy wanted to see his team shoot more to create rebounds and second chances around the net.

“We turned down chances to shoot – there weren’t that many,” said Cassidy. “We were off net on some, we can generate some rebounds. We talked about that. We know Malcolm well. We know he’s a good first shot goaltender and we wanted to put some stress on him and make him uncomfortable and I don’t think we did a very good job of that.

“We obviously needed more urgency to create more offense.”

Vegas opened up a 2-0 lead with a strong second period. Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov, both recalled over the last couple of days because of injuries, scored the first goals of their careers in their first games as Golden Knights.

Tuch, a Boston College product, opened the scoring with 5:21 remaining in the second, capitalizing on a Bruins turnover in the neutral zone with a snipe over the glove of Tuukka Rask (23 saves).

Shipachyov, making his NHL debut, doubled the lead just over three minutes later when he potted one from the top of the crease.

Despite the tough three-minute stretch, Cassidy was fairly pleased with his team’s defensive effort.

“Defensively we were OK,” said Cassidy. “I thought we were playing a solid, stout defensive game. You can’t score every game, scoring six goals like we did last night. You’ve got to win some games 2-1 and 3-2.”

David Pastrnak gave the Bruins a sliver of hope when he banked home his third of the season from behind the net with 30 seconds to play to pull the Bruins within a goal, but Oscar Lindberg responded with an empty-netter just 16 seconds later to put Vegas ahead 3-1 and seal the victory.

“We’ve seen flashes of what we can do and what’s been working for us but we weren’t committed to that full time tonight,” said Krug. “We just weren’t committed to it for 60 minutes. We were looking for plays that weren’t there and weren’t taking our shots when we could.”

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Wreaking havoc during a National Hockey League game is an art form.

There is no right or wrong way to accomplish it. It can be done with speed and skill, or size and strength – or simply with the words that come out of a player’s mouth.

Brad Marchand has built a career on threading the needle between being a dynamic offensive talent and a superb agitator. The combination has made him a player loathed by opponents but adored by his teammates.

And it is that proper blend of ability and mischief that B’s forward prospect Jesse Gabrielle is seeking as he attempts to forge his way onto the Bruins roster.

Since being selected by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, the Saskatchewan native has modeled his style of play after Marchand and has often looked for guidance from Boston’s All-Star winger. And this training camp has been the perfect opportunity for the 20-year-old to pick the brain of his idol, who Gabrielle believes is the perfect blueprint for the type of player he would like to become.

“I try to learn from him,” said Gabrielle, who is entering his first pro season after notching 35 goals and 29 assists – to go along with 88 penalty minutes – in 61 games for Prince George of the WHL last season.

“He’s my favorite player and I try to emulate my game after him. I just try to be a sponge around him. When you can watch him play and experience it and have him on the bench….I’m just trying to be a sponge and learn from him.”

Such was the case on Thursday night after the Bruins 2-1 preseason victory over the Flyers.

Following a strong game in which Gabrielle’s speed and strength was on full display, the 6-foot, 205-pound winger was sent to the dressing room in the third period after a disagreement with the officials over an interference penalty. It was not the end to the night Gabrielle had planned.

“It was fun up until you get over that line just a little bit,” said Gabrielle, who had two shots on goal in just over 10 minutes of ice time against the Flyers, while playing on a line with Riley Nash and Noel Acciari.

“The whole game it was going good. I was getting underneath a lot of their guys’ skin. A lot of NHL guys were coming after me and it was a lot of fun. Like I said, it’s just a learning experience. You live and you learn. It’s not going to happen again.”

Part of Gabrielle’s education was seeking out his idol after the game.

“I went up to [Marchand] after the game and talked to him about it,” said Gabrielle, “and he said, ‘You just got to find that line.’ He said, ‘You’re going to get caught sometimes and you just got to learn from it.’”

Marchand understands the quandary Gabrielle faces. As a young player trying to break into the NHL on a full-time basis, he too battled the challenges of not crossing the line. He did not always succeed.

“For sure, especially early on,” Marchand said when asked if he saw similarities between himself and Gabrielle. “He’s doing whatever he has to do to open some eyes and make a name for himself and he’s good at what he does. He had the whole team [the Flyers] hating on him. He had a couple 2-on-1 opportunities, almost scored a goal. He did everything that he was supposed to do.

“I was the same way coming up. You just try to find your little niche that makes you different from other players and he definitely has that.”

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy was hesitant to anoint Gabrielle as a Marchand progeny. But he certainly sees the similarities.

“Gets on top of pucks and disrupts the forecheck, very similar to March,” said Cassidy. “He’s got a good shot. He wants to be an agitator, so it is a good comparison. It’s a little premature, but for Jesse – for anybody – it’s a good player to emulate, a guy that fought his way out of the American Hockey League to the NHL, played on a lower line and worked his way up and just wouldn’t be denied. Definitely a good role model for him.”

That is not to say, however, that Cassidy would like to see a repeat of Thursday night anytime soon.

“It happened in Development Camp, so here’s a guy who walks on the edge, and I thought played a very good hockey game [Thursday],” Cassidy said of Gabrielle. “At ice level, he had a few other guys frustrated. If that is what makes him tick and he can stay on the right side of the line, then we’re OK with it.

“But clearly he crossed it [against the Flyers]. I think if as a young guy, you try to take on the officials in the National Hockey League, you are going to lose, and he lost tonight.”

After taking some time to reflect following the game – which included his talk with Marchand – Gabrielle certainly realized that.

“That’s something that can’t happen,” said Gabrielle. “I can’t let the boys down like that. Especially when it’s a tie game. It’s just stuff you move past and learn from it.”