Brad Marchand has gotten the last laugh on the Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League playoffs.
The Providence Bruins rookie scored the game’s opening goal and added an assist on Wednesday night as his club eliminated the Sharks from the playoffs with a 5-1 win.
Marchand, a Hammonds Plains native and former Halifax Mooseheads forward, had been accused of showboating in the previous game and was called “classless” and “a joke” by members of the Sharks in a Worcester newspaper.
He leads all AHL rookies in playoff scoring and is tied for seventh overall with 11 points in 11 games.
Marchand and the Bruins advance to the AHL semifinals against the Hershey Bears, who feature Bedford’s Andrew Joudrey and Porters Lake’s Andrew Gordon. Andrew Bodnarchuk of Hammonds Plains also plays for the Bruins.