CHICAGO — The first part of the season was a struggle for Brad Marchand, whose notable moments were more likely to be amusing — pulling the monkey off his back after ending a 12-game scoreless drought against the Panthers, for example — or regrettable, like the stunts pulled in Vancouver.
But of late, Marchand has been making headlines for his play. It’s a nice change for the Bruins.
“That’s what happens with players: You’ve got guys that have a great start and then they taper off,” coach Claude Julien said. “You’ve got guys that have a slow start and then pick it up. To me, he was a real good player tonight. He’s been good now for the last little while. Nice to have him back.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.