March-ing On -
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:20   

BOSTON, MA – Brad Marchand is no longer just an agitator.

Marchand talked last week about ramping up his play and over the last two night’s – victories against the Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils – the winger’s new game has been on full display. He potted his first shorthanded goal of the season on Monday night in Carolina – a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Zdeno Chara in the first period – and on Tuesday night, back in Boston, he scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout.

No. 63 has been a huge asset to the Black & Gold’s near-perfect penalty kill – though, he always has been, he scored five shorthanded goals in 2010-11 – and is third on the team with four points (three goals, one assist), despite not having played during the work stoppage.

Patrice Bergeron can the see the growth in his linemate and penalty kill partner’s game – from an agitator, who sometimes went over the emotional edge, to a more mature, well-rounded player.

“I think he’s been doing that, concentrating on his game,” said the B’s alternate captain, of Marchand’s growth as a player. “But, he still can’t lose his edge, that’s him and that’s what makes him so good.”


Marchand: Hasn't Missed a Beat - By Eric Russo
Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00   

BOSTON, MA - Heading into tonight’s matchup with the New York Islanders, who are coming off of a 7-4 victory in Toronto, the B’s are looking to continue to improve and build off the positives from the first three games.

One player, specifically, looking to step up his game is winger Brad Marchand.

Marchand has increased his offensive numbers each year since he has been a regular in B’s lineup. He scored 28 goals last season, up from 21 in 2010-11, while his points increased from 41 to 55. The ‘Little Ball of Hate,’ as he was labeled after the B’s Stanley Cup win in 2011, has also had a sky-high plus/minus over the past two seasons - plus-25 in 2010-11 and plus-31 in 2011-12.

Tough numbers to live up to, especially in a shortened season, but Marchand has high standards. Even though he leads the Black & Gold with two goals – one being the B’s lone power-play tally of the young season – the agitator is still not completely satisfied with his play.

Marchand, who’s next point will be the 100th of his career, feels that there is another level to take his game to and it is coming, game by game.

“It’s been alright,” said Marchand of his play so far. “I still don’t feel that I’m playing my best. You just got to continue to build on each game and get a little bit better, feel a little more comfortable. It definitely helps when pucks are going in a little bit. Still a little ways to go.”


Marchand Ready for Action -
Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:45 — The last time checked in with Brad Marchand he was hitting the gym hard regularly in his native Nova Scotia.

Today when we caught up with the B's shift disturber, he was very content to be back in Boston and readying himself to play hockey.

"It’s been a long few months, and I really just can’t wait to get back on the ice, and playing for the fans again," said Marchand after an informal skate at Boston University's Agganis Arena.

"I’m very excited, there’s no question about that," he continued. "We can just worry about playing the game, and let the fans get back to enjoying it…and we can get back to the love of the game now."

Marchand joined seven teammates at Jack Parker Rink on Commonwealth Avenue and was thrilled to be back among his fellow Black & Gold.

"You really realize how close you are with your teammates," said Marchand. "It’s just really fun being around the guys every day, and being the room and on the road with them."

Those road games could come quickly, and Marchand was blunt about his early expectations on the 2012-13 season.

"I think the first few games are going to be a little sloppy, but everyone is going to be pushing as hard as they can every game," he said. "It’s going to mean so much more now that it’s such a short schedule.



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