“I think he’s found his groove here and he’s making a lot of plays again, it’s great to see,” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery told reporters after the game. “Just the way he’s attacking defensemen’s feet, pulling up, reading off of their joints. If their ankles or knees are turned one way, he’s going the other way.
“And then I love the way that (Jake DeBrusk) drove the weakside post, and what a great pass. Those are really quick hands to make that move in tight like that by JD.”
Montgomery is referring to the game-winning goal when Marchand slipped an “all-world” pass to DeBrusk before he beat Mads Sogaard in what was a seamless transition up the ice.
Marchand underwent double-hip surgery in the offseason and returned about five weeks ahead of schedule, and even though he’s been playing some of his best hockey of late, he’s not ready to say he’s 100%.
“I wouldn’t say I am yet, but definitely feel better about your game when you’re getting bounces,” Marchand told reporters. “It’s frustrating, especially that’s part of my game, I’m expected to produce. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do that. I think that the better condition that I feel, the more I move my feet, I think that more things open up. …”
With the way Marchand has been playing, it’s hard to imagine what he’ll look like when he does feel he’s reached 100% health. And with the Stanley Cup playoffs fast approaching, he may be saving his best performances for when they begin.