Marchand steps up with two goals vs. Kings

Marchand steps up with two goals vs. Kings
December 14, 2011, 5:06 am
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BOSTON -- Perhaps "brat" isn't the exact term that opposing teams use when describing Brad Marchand on the ice.

But it's how Bruins coach Claude Julien describes him.

Julien said just as much on Tuesday morning, prior to Tuesday night's game with the Los Angeles Kings at the TD Garden.

The already over-used quote came as a result of the 2,500 fine handed down to Marchand on Monday night, for slew-footing Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen last Monday.

Upon hearing of the fine, Julien said he wasn't surprised, because, as he told the media on Tuesday, he "addressed it right after the period.

Seeing the way Marchand plays -- gritty, energetic, hard-nosed, sometimes greasy -- it's not the easiest task in the world to keep the Bruins' young forward from crossing the line.

"I want him to be a good brat, not a bad brat," said Julien prior to Tuesday's game.

On Tuesday night against the Kings, Marchand was the former, scoring two goals in a 3-0 Bruins win.

"I think offensively he was good tonight," said Julien after the win. "He scored some big goals for us. On both of them, Bergy was winning draws and making things happen there. But, Brad is certainly capable of using his shot and scoring some goals for us. So that was nice to see."

Marchand's first of the night gave the B's a 2-0 lead, 7:43 into the second period, when he quickly fired a shot past Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick from the top of the left circle, after Patrice Bergeron won a face-off cleanly.

It was the result of a well-practiced face-off strategy.

"That first one, we've tried that a few times this year, and it hasn't come together," said Marchand. "But it's a tough play to do. Everything's got to go right. But when it works, it feels good."

That not only put the Bruins up by two, but it also marked Marchand's 10th goal of the season, making him Boston's fourth player with double digits in goals scored this season, joining Tyler Seguin (13), Chris Kelly (11), and Milan Lucic (10).

But it was Marchand's second goal of the night -- 5:35 into the third period -- that gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead and was the dagger.

"That next goal was going to be a big goal for either team," said Julien. "For us, giving us some breathing room and a 3-0 lead. If it was them, it was going to become a real game, and the way we were giving them that space and the amount of shots they were getting, it would have made for a really interesting finish.

"But that was a big goal, and again, on that one, when you look back at it, the second effort. Not just winning the draw, but making sure he put that puck towards Marchand, who walked in alone on net. The big effort was from Bergy, and Marchand finished it off."

After last season, it's not a surprise to see Marchand finish the way he did on Tuesday night. And it's not the first time he's positively responded to punishment.

"You want to show that you can learn from mistakes and different things," said Marchand after the win. "You just want to be able to bounce back, and show that it doesn't affect you, and it doesn't bother your game.

"One thing Julien wants me to do is play inside the rules and stay inside the laws of the game. And it's a fine line, but it's something I'm learning to do, and he's kind of curving my game to make sure I do that.

"It's a very fine line, and there's going to be times when you cross it, and times when you don't," added Marchand. "And I know when I do. I know there's consequences, and I've dealt with getting benched plenty of times throughout my career. It's nothing new. The big thing is you have to respond, and make sure you learn from it. That's what I'm trying to do."