BRAD MARCHAND-LW-BOSTON BRUINS
It was what everyone had been expecting from these two rivals who were meeting in the playoffs for the first time since 1973. These two teams battled into overtime where Brad Marchand scored on a great pass from Patrice Bergeron to take Game 1 of a series that should see a lot of thrills, skills and spills. It was Marchand's first goal of these playoffs and what a time for it. He also added an assist on Torey Krug's power play goal that tied the game. It was Krug's first NHL goal in his first NHL playoff game, but it was Marchand who seems to have awakened in the first game against the Rangers. If he indeed has broken out, this could spell bad news for the Rangers.