Injuries aren't to blame for Marchand's poor Finals

Injuries aren't to blame for Marchand's poor Finals
June 26, 2013, 6:15 pm
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BOSTON -- In the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks, Brad Marchand had five goals and two assists. And we all know how that ended.

Two years later, the result is different, and the Bruins find themselves wondering how they blew a 2-1 series lead and watched the Chicago Blackhawks hoist the Stanley Cup at the TD Garden on Monday night.

One of the reasons was Marchand's lack of production in the Finals. This time around, he finished the six games against Chicago without a single point.

And at the team's end-of-year breakup media session on Wednesday, Marchand admitted he didn't have injuries to blame, saying the only thing hurting was his "heart."

"I mean, they're a good team," Marchand said. "They were tough to play against. Things just didn't go right. It would have been nice to contribute a little bit more.

"It was a different year, missing up until Christmas time and coming back in here, it was a much different season," Marchand said. "You're always trying to improve in all areas of the game. I thought this year I was a little better defensively and tried to focus a little more on that."