WILMINGTON — There was nothing fancy about Brad Marchand’s winning goal against the Islanders Tuesday. Andrew Ference’s shot from the left point thudded off defenseman Thomas Hickey. Marchand found the rebound and swept a backhander past Evgeni Nabokov at 0:38 of the second period.
It was the nature of Marchand’s goal, however, that captured the things he’s been doing right. Before the goal, when Patrice Bergeron entered the corner to retrieve the puck, Marchand cut down low to provide support down the wall.