Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been named the NHL’s first star for the week ending Dec. 25. New York Rangers forward Marian Gaborik and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere were honored as the second and third star, respectively.
Marchand scored four goals and added two assists for six points to help the Bruins win a pair of home games at TD Garden. The left winger scored the game-winning goal in each contest, including a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 19. He also notched his first career hat trick in Boston’s 8-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Dec. 23.
Marchand, 23, also has a plus-25 rating, second in the NHL behind teammate Tyler Seguin’s plus-26.
The Bruins are riding a six-game winning streak and are 20-2-1 in their last 23 games.