Marchand, B's Taking It Game by Game -
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 19:13 - All of the Bruins were back on the ice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington for a short practice, following a five-game road trip, in which they posted a 4-1-0 record. The B’s lines and D-pairs remained the same as they began to prepare for their first game at TD Garden since a February 12 shootout loss to the New York Rangers.

The Black & Gold will face off against a red-hot Ottawa Senators team Thursday night, that will enter the contest riding a five-game winning streak. But, the B’s will be trying to build off their own momentum, as they head into the busy part of their schedule.

“We’re very happy with how things went,” said Brad Marchand of the road trip, in which the Bruins beat the Jets, Lightning, Panthers and Islanders. “Sometimes, you go down to Florida and Tampa and you get a couple days off, you can get complacent. We had a little bit of fun, we had some time off down there, but we did what needed to be done and got as many points as we possibly could.”

At 12-2-2, and with at least three games in hand on every team in the Northeast Division, the Bruins have put themselves in a great position heading into the final 32 games.

“Definitely,” said Marchand, when asked if the team was happy with their start. “We’re very happy with our stats right now, but I think the main thing is taking it game by game. I think a lot of guys in the room might not really realize just how good our stats are right now. We’re more concerned with how we play every night. To be honest, we don’t really pay attention a whole lot at our numbers.”

Currently, there is a whole lot of attention being paid to the stats of Marchand, who leads the team with 10 goals – on just 29 shots, good for a 34.5 shooting percentage. The Little Ball of Hate also leads the B’s with three game-winning goals.


Marchand Searching for More -
Sunday, 03 February 2013 11:04   

Toronto, ON - When boarding the plane for Toronto to face off against the Maple Leafs tonight, winger Brad Marchand brought with him a team-high five goals, along with two assists to give him seven points through the season's first seven games. A much better scoring start for the winger, who in 2011-12, didn't hit the five-goal mark until the 15th game into the season - and it was game No. 14 before he even potted three.

Two of his momentous goals this season came in the past two days, having nearly recorded a hat trick on Thursday night in the B's 7-4 loss to Buffalo.  Both were highlight reel goals that put Boston up 3-1 in the second period.

On the first goal that gave the B’s a 2-1 lead, Marchand danced his way from the left wing, past 6-foot-8 Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers and shot a backhander through Miller. On the second, Patrice Bergeron had his initial shot stopped by Miller, but Marchand followed up and Tyler Seguin created havoc in front to help No. 63 skirt the puck past the screen.

"Well he’s capable of doing it, and he showcased that. His hands are coming back, and that was a really nice goal he scored," Coach Julien had said following the Sabres game, about Marchand's first tally, the nifty backhander past Ryan Miller. "Obviously he had a good time in the game where it gave us a lead, but I like the way he’s coming around and he’s playing, and we’ve just got to hope that the other guys keep progressing the way he is."

The two-goal night came on the heels of No. 63's clutch shootout winner on Tuesday - his first-ever SO attempt - that lifted the B's to the 2-1 win over New Jersey.

"It’s pretty good right now," Marchand said of his confidence level heading into the game against Toronto. "Our line’s starting to click a little more. It took a little while to get us going, but we’re getting a lot more opportunities and we’re clicking a lot better out there right now."

Though linemate Tyler Seguin only has one goal - an empty-netter - and Patrice Bergeron has just the one next his goal stats as well, it's the line's chemistry that has been providing No. 63 the opportunity to score.

"First few games of the season, our line as a whole has done a good job, it’s a good plus/minus right now."



Marchand converts on first-ever SO attempt -
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 13:22   

Boston, MA - Fans at TD Garden saw an exciting end to Tuesday night's 2-1 win coming down to the shootout. And although there are many opinions surrounding this method of closing out the game, this one didn't disappoint.

Tyler Seguin was up first for the B's in Round 1, and moved in with speed on Johan Hedberg, dangling and waiting for the Devils goaltender to make a slight move before putting it over the top of his glove. One foot on the brake pedal, however, as the goal was waived off - a quick replay showed that something from the stands slid right through the crease behind Hedberg as Seguin scored. No confirmation, but it appeared to have been a pretzel, hot dog, etc.

"After it happened, I was kind of thinking that it must have been from the first bowl because it kind of came hard across, not down, but I didn’t get a good view. I think it probably affected me more than the goalie," said Seguin, who then had to re-shoot.

"The explanation was what’s in the rule book - if there’s any kind of obstruction or something," Coach Julien said on the NHL's ruling for the do-over. "At the end of the day, it worked out because he scored and he deserved to score again."

Although not too pleased with the fact that he had to try another attempt, Seguin regrouped and found another way past Hedberg for his second shootout goal in as many attempts this season (he scored as the B's first shooter in a 2-1 win over the Jets on Jan. 21), increasing his career stats to just over .500 with 12-for-22.

"It actually crossed my mind to do the same thing. Maybe he wouldn’t expect that," Seguin said on his mindset heading into the second attempt that saw him roof the puck over Hedberg. "I picked a new move in my head and I was either going to do the same thing or go my backhand, and when I got down there I decided to do my backhand."

"That was just instinct, I guess."

The first round continued with Ilya Kovalchuk showcasing his lighning-quick release to tuck the puck just under Rask's glove inside the post (not sure Tuukka even saw where that went it was so quick).

Four more rounds ensued, with Rask and Hedberg - both with solid goaltending in regulation and overtime - stoning their shooters, before Brad Marchand converted in the sudden-death sixth round.

What move did Marchand have planned out for this first-ever NHL shootout attempt?



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