Even before taking the ice last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Brad Marchand was leading the league in shooting percentage.

And then he went out and went 1-for-2 in the Bruins’ 4-2 victory over the Bolts, also adding an assist. In 13 games, Marchand now has a team-leading nine goals, on just 20 shots. That’s a 45 percent clip.

“He’s a natural goal scorer,” said B’s coach Claude Julien. “We all have seen it. He’s got a pretty good shot, and he’s got a quick release. Sometimes goaltenders don’t even get a chance to set up and it’s off his stick.

“We’ve seen that year after year. His first year he came in and told me he’d score a certain amount of goals the following year. And he did. As long as he keeps making those predictions and backing them up, I’m OK with that.”

Pouliot goes to top (line)

Bruins third-line center Chris Kelly was asked about ex-linemate Benoit Pouliot, who is now a valuable member of the Lightning.

“He’s got way better linemates now than he did last year,” said Kelly, showing very good comic timing.

No disrespect to Kelly and Rich Peverley, but Pouliot has had an upgrade in linemates — to Tampa’s Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. The results for the 26-year-old have been quite good: 5-8-13 totals and a plus-7 in 16 games.

“It’s been nice,” said Pouliot yesterday morning. “I think things are going pretty good. I don’t want to get too high on myself, but things are rolling pretty nice.”

His ex-teammates are glad to hear it.