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Even Brad Marchand knows the Bruins have to be better than they have been

Apr 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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Just about everyone in Boston knows the Bruins have to play better if they plan on getting past the Washington Capitals in the first round. Claude Julien sounded off about his team being “too cute”, Milan Lucic has spoken his mind about how things have gone, and now Brad Marchand is saying his piece as well.

Marchand tells Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com he knows the Bruins are capable of doing better and it’s up to them to pull it off.

“We have to be better. We’re definitely doing a pretty good job playing against their line. Part of our goal is shutting down their line, but we have to be better offensively,” said Marchand. “There’s definitely a little more pressure. More things are being expected and I want to be able to contribute the same way [as the regular season].

“It’s a big time of year and we need guys to step up . . . especially with [Horton] out. The onus is on us and we have to be better. It falls on all of us to step up more.”

Considering the Bruins have scored two goals in the series, they’re lucky to be tied 1-1 in the series. The Bruins’ top players have to be more of a force though. They need Lucic and Marchand to crash the net, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron to be set-up men, and Tyler Seguin to be a sniper.

The Caps are doing more than their part to shut down the Bruins and Braden Holtby has been outstanding, but the Bruins are better than they’ve shown. The typical nastiness we’re used to seeing from Boston that they feed off of has been absent so far in this series. Perhaps a hostile atmosphere can shake it out of them.

  1. mclovinhockey - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Brad Marchand should play for the Ducks.. Cause that’s all he does hahaha, sorry just poking fun. 3 ducks this year. Funny stuff.

  2. 8spokedb - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    All Marchand does is get under everyone’s skin by instigating, score 27 goals, win a cup, and party shirtless on top of every bar in the city.

  3. dolanster - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I have a feeling tonight’s game will not have the same personality as the first two.

    • danphipps01 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

      After all the soaring headshots everyone else is getting away with? The Bruins clearly need to reassert themselves as the League’s premiere cheapshot artists. The Pens are stealing their glory!

  4. meane56 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    “Even”, what is that supposed to mean?

  5. wethog66 - Apr 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Guess that means Marchand will take the BS he performs after the whistle to another level. Will be a perfect follow-up to the WWE match we were treated to in Philly yesterday.

  6. 8spokedb - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    The Bruins are the opposite of cheap shot artists, they punch people in the mouth face to face… Unlike pussies on Pitt like Adams who repeatedly punched Hartnell in the back of the head or Cooke who is the master of the blindside headshot.

    • habsman - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Wrong.

      They’re gutless cheap shot artists who had Colin Campbell in their back pockets last year. That’s why the won the cup, and that’s why we see all this crap this year.

      “Gooning” it up worked last year so why not try it this year. But nice try at “spinning.”

      BTW, it won’t work this year.

      • 8spokedb - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:14 AM

        Wow Colin Campbell is the reason the Bruins won the cup? That’s the first time i have heard that one. NO, doesn’t sound like sour grapes at all.

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