Marchand steps up with two goals vs. Kings


Marchand steps up with two goals vs. Kings

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."

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.