GIF: Bruins' Marchand has Gustavsson beat but misses open net

Chris Battaglia
Rick Osentoski / USA Today

The hockey gods have a funny way of punishing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

Marchand regularly makes headlines for his in-game antics, and usually he supports his one-man circus act with solid numbers on offense. But he missed a golden opportunity to get Boston on the board in the first period of Game 4 against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Marchand caught Detroit netminder Jonas Gustavsson out of position but shot the puck across the wide-open net, missing on the far side:

[Source: TSN]

It's not the first time Marchand has missed an open net in the series. His playoff goal drought stands at 11 games and he probably won't get a better chance to end it...

...until the third period, when Marchand missed another open net. Watch it here.

Karma, or bad luck? You decide.