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Marchand is B’s lone all-star

Boston Herald

January 10. 2018 11:44PM
Bruins winger Brad Marchand celebrates after a goal by center Patrice Bergeron in a game last week against the Carolina Hurricanes. Marchand will play in the NHL All-Star Game. (USA TODAY Sports)

Brad Marchand will be the Bruins’ lone representative at the NHL All-Star game in Tampa later this month, his second straight selection for the midwinter extravaganza.

Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring with 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) despite missing eight games with a concussion. While Marchand is a good choice to excel in the 3-on-3 tourney, the league would not have gone wrong if it had taken any of the three players on the Bruins’ top line. Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak would have been worthy selections.

While the 3-on-3 format would not have been his forte, captain Zdeno Chara is having an All-Star-worthy season as well, with a plus-20 rating and strong penalty kill work. It also would have been interesting to see him have one more opportunity at the hardest shot competition, which he owned when he was a regular selection.

But with the host Tampa Bay Lightning taking up four of the 11 spots given to each divisional team, there was no room for a second player. It’s also hard to argue with any of the four Bolts taken — Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiiy.

The skills competition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27 and the game on the next day.