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Monday, December 26, 2011
Marchand named NHL's first star

By Joe McDonald

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.