Marchand’s hat-trick wins convincingly for the Bruins over the Canadiens

Brad Marchand was seen skating around the ice as he waited for the cleanup crew, who would gather the hats scattered over the glass to celebrate the fifth career hat-trick.

He stopped to get a wide-brimmed, purple shirt that the team would sign and date.

“The hat speaks for itself,” Marchand said on Wednesday night after recording his fifth career hat trick in a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Boston. “It just has sexy written everywhere.”

Marchand scored twice in the first period 15 seconds apart. He also added a short-handed tally in the second. This was the Bruins’ third straight win, their sixth in seven. They have now opened a four goal lead for the third consecutive game.

Bruce Cassidy, coach, said that he believes this is closer to who he is.

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Curtis Lazar scored also for Boston, while Urho Vaakanainen scored his first NHL goal. Linus Ullmark stopped 24 shots in his attempt to keep his spot in the goalie lineup with Tuukka Rask. He is expected to make his NHL debut on Thursday.

Midway through the second period, Michael Pezzetta scored for Montreal to make it 4-1. This was enough to end Ullmark’s shutout bid.

Jake Allen conceded two goals on seven shots during the first 17:11, before Sam Montembeault replaced him. He stopped 31 of 34 shots throughout the game.

Original plans had the teams meeting in Montreal on Wednesday night, and Boston on March 12. With the hopes that Canada’s capacity restrictions will be relaxed by March, the Bruins home game has been moved up.

At 14:43 in the first, Oskar Steen scored the Bruins’ first goal. He fought Nick Suzuki for the puck and put the puck on net. Marchand then added the rebound. Marchand scored again 15 seconds later when he swiped a high rebound in as it fell to the ice — his stick barely beating Patrice Bergeron’s to the puck.

Lazar was awarded the goal that made it three goals to one when Jake DeBrusk’s shot bounced off of his foot and into a net while he was being pushed in the slot. Three minutes into the second it was still a three-goal lead. Marchand began the Bruins with a short-handed goal and finished it by scoring on the rebound for his fifth career-best hat trick.

It was his 33rd career, short-handed goal. He tied Brian Rolston and Guy carbonneau for 14th all time.