Marchand looks to spark Bruins in return

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Marchand looks to spark Bruins in return

TAMPA Brad Marchand is officially out of the NHL big house after serving his five-game suspension, and hell be back in the Bs lineup Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils.

While Marchand hopes to be back along the left wing with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin, hes hoping to give the Bs a jolt of energy and a shot of attitude after their recent struggles. The team is a long way from Claude Julien playfully chirping with Marchand after the Calgary Flames blowout, saying shows how much we need you to the Bs agitator in their home dressing room.

Now they really do need Marchand after dropping two of their first three games on their four-game road trip.

Its always tough to watch the team play. Its frustrating. But its nice the five games are over with and Ill just jump back in to help out any way I can, said Marchand. I wouldnt say were in a lull or a rough spot. A lot of guys are playing a lot of minutes and the schedule can be a little tough at times. But were ready to go tomorrow.

I just want to create energy like I try to do and continue to play my game. Hopefully I get the chemistry back with Bergeron and Seguin if Im playing with them tomorrow.

It was pretty clear Marchands skating speed and offensive production were missed to a greater degree as the suspension sentence ran its course. Marchand's absence was compounded by the fact that the Bs were without Rich Peverley during the last two road games in Florida.

While Marchand is a top line player and does have 16 goals on the season -- and both "Nose Face Killah" and Peverley are factors on special teams their teammates wanted to pump the brakes on the notion their return immediately would immediately push Boston out of their recent malaise.

You look at what they do," Julien said. "Peverley is a penalty kill and power play guy, and Marchand can be both as well. Theyre guys that can play a lot of minutes and you miss those guys. But at the same time everybody has those situations around the league. If anything youd like your team to play through those things.

Normally we would make it through, but were not playing the way we should. If everybody was and we were competing the way we should then missing PeverleyMarchand it wouldnt be an issue. There are a lot of times where its got to come from within. I cant lace up the skates. I cant compete. But I can make the players accountable and thats something that maybe I can do with a few guys returning to the lineup.

Sounds like the Bs coaching staff could be doling out a healthy scratch or too with a full complement of players at their disposal in New Jersey. That, along with the returns of Marchand and Peverley, could be just the boost the Bruins need.

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

NEW YORK - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss in New York.

 

QUOTES:

"I feel pretty good. Let's put it this way: Where we are now, I wouldn't want to play us going into the playoffs." - Red Sox principal owner John Henry

"I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad, but it is what it is. We end up being the first place team in the American League, and we're going to celebrate anyway." - David Ortiz, after the Red Sox lose on a walkoff, but clinch the division anyway.

“I’ll still be trying to hit the next four games, but if it just happens to be my last one (homer of his career), it’ll be pretty special." - Mark Teixeira, who's retiring Sunday and hit the walk-off grand slam.

 

NOTES:

* Joe Kelly became the first Red Sox pitcher to allow a walkoff grand slam since Julian Tavarez in 2006.

* Craig Kimbrel failed to record an out -- in 28 pitches -- marking the third time in 410 career appearances that that happened.

* Koji Uehara posted his 14th straight scoreless appearance.

* Brad Ziegler hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 19 appearances.

* Dustin Pedroia has scored five runs and knocked in seven in his last five games.

* Mookie Betts posted his major league-leading 66th multi-hit game.

* Clay Buchholz has a 2.63 ERA in his last seven starts.

* The one hit allowed by Buchholz marks the fewest hits allowed by him in a non-injury-shortened game since his no-hitter in 2007.

* The win marked only the second time the Red Sox have clinched the A.L. East away from home. The other time was in Cleveland in 1998.

 

STARS:

1) Mark Teixeira

The first baseman is going out in style. In the final week of his career, he hit his second game-winning homer of the week, with Wednesday's being a walk-off grand slam.

2) Clay Buchholz

Buchholz was brilliant, allowing three baserunners -- an infield hit and two walks -- in six shutout innings.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts delivered what appeared to be the game's biggest blow -- a two-run chopped double in the eighth to break open a scoreless tie.