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Bruins winger Brad Marchand has been named the NHL First Star of the Week on Monday, earning the honor after his first career hat trick last Friday in an 8-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.
Marchand tallied six points in two games last week, including his five-point performance against the Panthers. The sophomore winger notched the game-winner in a 3-2 triumph at Montreal on December 19, before recording three goals and two assists at the hands of Florida on December 23.
Marchand has emerged as a viable offensive weapon in his second season. He leads the team with 15 goals, is second behind Tyler Seguin with 29 points, and second on the squad with 58 penalty minutes. His +25 +/- ranks second in the league behind Seguin.
The Bruins are currently first in the Northeast division with 47 points, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have 40. The Bs only trail the New York Rangers’ 48 points for the overall lead in the Eastern Conference.
Rangers’ sniper Marian Gaborik was named the league’s second star, while Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was named the third star.