Editor's note: NESN is counting down the top 50 moments of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup season. Every day from Aug. 17 to Oct. 5, a memorable moment from the 2011 season will air on NESN Daily and be posted on NESN.com.
Brad Marchand signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Bruins on Wednesday — and for good reason. Not only was the 23-year-old forward instrumental in the team's offensive attack this past season, but he's an agitator who knows how to get under the skin of his opponents.
While Marchand's 11 goals and 19 points in the playoffs is what ultimately defined him as a clutch player, it didn't come at the expense of his grit. Marchand consistently played with reckless abandon during the postseason, and he brought his instigating ability to a whole new level in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Marchand repeatedly punched Daniel Sedin in his face in front of the Vancouver net without drawing a response from the 30-year-old veteran.
The Bruins were able to push the Canucks around at times during the Stanley Cup Final en route to their victory, and perhaps no moment put that on display more than Marchand's repeated glove to the face.
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