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Brad Marchand’s highlight-reel goal vs. Hurricanes a teaching moment for B’s young forward corps

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Patrice Bergeron said it best when recalling Brad Marchand’s go-ahead goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

“That’s kind of how he is. He makes something happen out of nothing,” Bergeron said. “You just try to send him and after that, he finds a way.”

With the matchup stuck in a 2-2 deadlock five minutes into the third period, Marchand lost a draw at the dot. As Patrice Bergeron closed in on the puck carrier along the boards, the biscuit skittered out to Marchand near Boston’s blue line — giving him an avenue to speed down the ice.

Beating Justin Williams in a foot race to the puck, Marchand corralled the puck along the boards and fought off a couple of slashes from the Hurricanes forward before doing just enough to get Carolina goalie Scott Darling out of the crease.

After getting Darling to bite, Marchand closed out the sequence with a nifty wraparound score, tucking the puck into the empty net to give Boston a 3-2 lead and the eventual win.

It was the latest in a long list of highlight-reel plays for the skilled winger, who broke through a scoring slump (two goals in 11 games played) with a pair of tallies in Tuesday’s victory.

But for Bruce Cassidy, Marchand’s second strike on the night was more than just a clincher for two points.