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WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week. The Bruins’ No. 1 left wing scored four goals and added two assists in three wins over Arizona, Florida, and Tampa Bay.

“Brad is a good player when Brad plays the game the right way,” said coach Claude Julien. “The right way means that I’ve seen him backcheck. I’ve seen him block shots. I’ve seen him, even in our own end, being low.

“When he does have struggles is when he’s playing up high and he’s not coming low enough. By the time he gets the puck, he’s by himself and he can’t do much with it and he gets frustrated.

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“It’s about playing the game the right way. Taking pucks to the net is a strength of his. You just have to look at the goal he scored in Florida. He beat the guy out of the corner, went to the net. That’s Brad’s game.”

For the last five games, Marchand has been playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brett Connolly on the first line. They’ll have a tough task Tuesday against Dallas. Julien will deploy Bergeron’s line against the Stars’ top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Patrick Sharp.

Tuesday’s home game kicks off a punishing stretch for the Bruins, who will then play three road games in four nights against Washington, Montreal, and the Islanders.

Monday’s practice lineup:

Forward lines

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Brett Connolly

Loui Eriksson-David Krejci-David Pastrnak

Matt Beleskey-Ryan Spooner-Jimmy Hayes

Chris Kelly-Joonas Kemppainen-Zac Rinaldo/Tyler Randell

Defense pairs

Zdeno Chara-Colin Miller

Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Joe Morrow-Kevan Miller

Dennis Seidenberg-Zach Trotman

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask

Jonas Gustavsson


Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.