TORONTO -- Perhaps looking to break the spell that’s kept them without a goal in the playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, embattled forwards Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin held a dual scrum with the assembled media after Sunday’s morning skate at the Air Canada Centre.
They were asked if it was proving to be an awkward setup for them, and Seguin just flashed a smile.
“We’ve done a lot more awkward things together,” said Seguin. “Don’t go looking into that.”
Marchand has been held without a goal in playoff games against Toronto, and the 21-year-old Seguin doesn’t have a single point against the Maple Leafs, a team he’s regularly dominated during the regular season. The Nose Face Killah is coming off a Game 5 where he didn’t have a single shot on goal, and was essentially invisible even though he has plenty of skills to get himself involved even when shots aren’t falling. The agitating winger hasn’t been going to the “dirty areas” on the ice with regularity during the series, and his scoring chances have been held to a minimum.
Seguin has rifled off plenty of shots on net and has actually been pretty good in the three games played at TD Garden, but only three of his 24 shots on goal in the series have come in Toronto.
“We’ve talked about [being desperate] a lot in this dressing room, and now it’s about doing it on the ice rather than just talking about it,” said Seguin. “If we come out with the intensity that we finished [Game 5], we know we’ll be good.
“We know how much more we can bring to the table, and it’s about being more accountable to our teammates. It’s a little bit of personal adversity, I guess.”
Both players know they need to step up after Claude Julien said “their game is not there” after Saturday’s practice in Boston.
With the David Krejci line seemingly starting to cool down, now is the time for Marchand and Seguin to finally break through. The Little Ball of Hate now has just one goal in his last 12 playoff games dating back to the beginning of the series against the Washington Capitals. The Bruins clearly need more out of their leading scorer from this season, and he’s well aware with only two potential games left in the series.
“We both know that we need to be better, and be more accountable,” said Marchand. “We’re looking to be better and to step up tonight. You just have to dig down. Sometimes when you have that good chance or that scoring opportunity around the net, you think it’s just going to go in.
“But sometimes you need to dig down against their goalie. He’s very good in close and he’s a big guy, so he closes off the net quickly. Sometimes you have to hold it for an extra second or make a move to get him down and open something up. Even a shot off the pants would be nice. We’ll take whatever we can get.”
Clearly both Marchand and Seguin are still keeping their sense of humor intact despite the struggles, but the jokes would come a lot easier if both players can finally break through with the team looking to finish the Leafs once and for all in another elimination game.