Marchand getting results back on the power play


Marchand getting results back on the power play

Brad Marchand admitted some rust when he first jumped back into the lineup after a five-game suspension from the NHL for his low-bridge hit on Sami Salo.

Marchand was also able to jump back onto the power play unit when Nathan Horton went down against the Philadelphia Flyers with a concussion, and the results have been pretty impressive. The Bs agitator was on the PP unit at the start of the season, but his man advantage time had been nearly nonexistent over the last month prior to the Horton injury.

Marchand also had a few chances early in the game he didnt bury before toe-picking on a potential breakaway chance right in front of the net. It was an adventure in the worst possible sense of the word, but the left winger found a way to make it a happy ending against the Sens.

We had a lot of opportunities early on that normally would be goals and we were unable to capitalize it was a little frustrating, but it was great to be able to tie it up in the third period, said Marchand. We started playing like ourselves in the third; we did a great job finding a way to win and at the end of the day thats what matters. We have to clean up different parts of our game and get back to where we were playing in the third. We just have to build on how we played on the third and hopefully continue that in the next game.
Putting Marchand on the man advantage was a good start for the Bs.

Marchand has had a power play goal in each of the last two full games since being placed onto the power play and is now tied with Tyler Seguin for fourth on the Bruins with four man advantage scores this year.

Marchands game-tying score in Tuesday nights 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators was his typical special teams score. Joe Corvo fired off a shot from the right point that Craig Anderson was able to make the initial stop on, but the puck bounced right back to the goal-mouth.

The 5-foot-8, 183-pound Marchand outmuscled 6-foot-3, 220-pound Chris Phillips for the loose puck right in front of the net and immediately flicked the biscuit back into the open net. That was the capping moment on a solid night for both Marchand and Tyler Seguin, who both drew penalties that led to power play goals in the first and third period helping power the Bs.

Its nice being back on the power playyou build a little more chemistry with the line and evident out there when we move the puck around like we can, said Marchand. We got some opportunities and a couple goals. Hopefully we can keep building off that.

The puck was just kind of bouncing around and thats my job to be in front of the PP. It was nice the puck came bouncing my way.
It wasnt pretty, but it was honest, hard hockey work that helped Marchand and the Bruins pull out a game in the third period that perhaps they didnt deserve.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic. 

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West


THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Chiefs hold off Raiders 21-13 to take control of AFC West

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return, Kansas City's defense made life miserable for Oakland quarterback Derek Carr, and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 21-13 on a frigid Thursday night to take control of the AFC West.

Charcandrick West also had a touchdown run for the Chiefs (10-3). They moved into a first-place tie with Oakland (10-3) but holds the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival.

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