Boston Bruins: Handing Out 2020-21 Awards

Mar 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 5, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) skates across the blue line against New York Islanders right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 5, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; Boston Bruins center Brad Marchand (63) skates across the blue line against New York Islanders right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports /

Hart Memorial Trophy: Brad Marchand

Is there seriously any question as to who should win this award? Brad Marchand led the Bruins in scoring in several departments, but just as important, it was his work on the penalty kill that helped Boston finish second in the regular season to the Vegas Golden Knights on the PK.

Marchand finished 29 goals, good for sixth in the league and his 40 assists tied him for ninth in the NHL. He finished with 69 points and was third in the league behind Edmonton Oilers teammates Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

Marchand had five game-winning goals, three shorthanded goals, and had four power play goals, and 14 power play assists. He did it just about all facets of the game for the Bruins.

McDavid will most likely be the NHL’s winner for the award after collecting an insane 105 points this season. Marchand was not a finalist for the Trophy, but it will be interesting to see where he falls when the final voting is announced during the Stanley Cup Final.

Regardless, when the Black and Gold needed a goal, a timely penalty kill, or just an energy shift, No. 63 seemed to provide it.