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Marchand says Bruins are in over their heads against Pens

May 29, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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The Eastern Conference finals aren’t kicking off until Saturday, so that allows the Boston Bruins a lot of time to rest up. It also opens the door for them to gather a lot of bulletin board material from various pundits picking the Pittsburgh Penguins to win the series.

Milan Lucic went as far as to compare the Penguins to the NBA’s Miami Heat. Brad Marchand told that he understands that the Bruins are playing the role of underdogs.

“That’s how it goes sometimes,” Marchand said. “Obviously, they are the favorites. They have some guys that are very skilled and very talented, and they have the two best players in the world . . . and then you add Iginla. And their third and fourth line are playing so well right now.

“We’re in over our heads. We’ve got a big job to do. We’re all excited to try it out and see how it goes …”

The 25-year-old thinks that they might face an even tougher challenge than when many counted them out against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

“Things can happen in hockey, and you can get some good bounces. Hopefully we get some of those,” Marchand said. “In any seven-game series you definitely want to wear the other guys down, especially their top guys. But Pittsburgh is a little different. They’ve got some very physical guys over there, and their third and fourth lines play very hard.

“Even the first line with [Chris] Kunitz and [Pascal] Dupuis, those are hard-working guys. Second line with Neal and Iginla, those guys will work, too. I think those guys will battle a lot harder than Vancouver did in the Finals.”

  1. sabatimus - May 29, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    I’m really hoping Marchand didn’t just pull an Alfredsson.

    • manchestermiracle - May 29, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      I think he did a good job of not giving the Pens any material for their own board.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 29, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    This has got to be the year of the most dumb ass comments made by players and coaches.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 29, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      What? He’s playing the boring humble card. Maybe the wording wasn’t perfect but it’s hard to get anything else out of his statements.

    • sabatimus - May 29, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Well, we’re down one less coach now…

  3. jpelle82 - May 29, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    nice job of not giving any bulletin board material, nice little shot at the canucks at the end there too.

  4. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 29, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    People hate honest athletes
    And then they hate when athletes offer up canned replies to questions.

  5. 8man - May 29, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    The Pens are pretty good. The clear favorites. And they should be. Without question. They did finish tops in the conference. Uh, that doesn’t happen by accident in the East.

  6. imleftcoast - May 29, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Unless the league plans to call the series according to the rule book, the Bruins have to be the favorite. They win by holding, slashing, diving and whining about the officiating.

    • 19to77 - May 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Ryan Kesler? When did you sign up on PHT?

      • drewzducks - May 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        Imburnttoast is back with his inane comments dripping with jealousy.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 29, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      This is so inaccurate it’s crazy. You forgot about Lucic’s boarding plays.

    • bleedrangerblue - May 29, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      How about dirty hits?

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Hold on, I’m a Crosby fan but you can’t complain about whining to the officials and not think he’s one of the worst

      • bigrboland - May 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        Dude, if you were a fan of Crosby, you’d realize that he’s the captain of the team. One of the responsibilities of that role is talking to the refs. This whining you refer to happened in his first year. That was years ago. Get with it and get over it!

      • hockeyflow33 - May 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        There’s a difference in talking to the ref and yelling at the backside ref with your arms spread out

  7. Stiller43 - May 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Did you just say “canned” reactions?

    Did “candid” somehow autocorrect to canned?

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Nope, I meant Canned responses/replies.
      It’s an internet thing

  8. jacketsfan7 - May 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    It’ll be a great series , I think #1 job the pens have to do well is matching the bruins intensity level

  9. Lou Gagliardi - May 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    oh come on, everyone knows that the Boston Bruins will just be handed the Stanley Cup because of the Marathon Massacre.

    • cloudniner9 - May 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Ok folks it’s official we now have the stupidest comment ever on PHT, whoever wins the cup will completely earn it and have nothing to do with such a tragic event.
      Boston Strong

      • Lou Gagliardi - May 30, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        and of course by Boston Strong you mean bought off the Commish’s office so everyone can get their tear jerker story.

    • tdrusher225 - May 29, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Oh come on dude that’s not cool. Keep those kinds of comments to yourself, jerk.

      • Lou Gagliardi - May 30, 2013 at 1:12 AM

        it’s the truth. I’m sorry that you don’t like the truth.

      • tdrusher225 - May 30, 2013 at 6:55 AM

        Just saying “it’s the truth” doesn’t convince anyone of your statement. You literally have nothing to back it up, so that comes off like a guy just trying to start trouble.

      • Lou Gagliardi - May 30, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        Sept 11, 2001. Who won the Superbowl? If you said the team with the patriots nickname and the red white and blue color scheme you’d be correct

        Everyone loves a feel good story. What’s more feel good than the city’s team winning a championship after a terrorist attack.

      • tdrusher225 - May 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        I agree, but that has literally nothing to do about what happens on the field/ice. No league was trying to hand any kind of championship to anyone b/c of a feel good story. The best and most deserving teams win and the story has no factor whatsoever.

      • Lou Gagliardi - May 30, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        If you say so. I disagree. The NFL handed the Patriots the Superbowl; the NHL will hand the Bruins the Cup.

      • tdrusher225 - May 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Again, you have nothing backing up your argument.

      • Lou Gagliardi - May 31, 2013 at 1:30 AM

        We’ll see. I gave a reasonable example.

        I’m sorry, TD, that you don’t like the simple truth. Mark my words that when this series is done, it’ll be the Bruins on their way to the Stanley Cup because of a few crybabies wanting to feel better about themselves because they got a little boo-boo.

  10. giantssb42champs - May 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Would love to see an original 6 bruins/Blackhawks matchup in the finals with Chicago winning in 7.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 29, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Bah there’s nothing worse than ‘original 6’ BS.

  11. Florio's Lawyer - May 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Anderdon said “probably not”, and he was right.
    Marchand said they’re “in over thier heads”, and he’s right too.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Thanks for spelling everything properly

  12. bleedrangerblue - May 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Marchand is a wimp

  13. pfh24 - May 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Have the Bruins replaced the Flyers as the dirtiest team in the NHL? Got to see one Bruins vs. Penguins game this year on a nationally telecast weeknight game, and got to see a lot of sticks to the face & blind side hacks & gloves to the face after the whistle, etc.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Yup, those are the only two teams that do that

  14. pfh24 - May 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Will the NHL allow the officials to take the skilled players out of the game? Anytime they “let them play” what they are actually doing is “allowing the less skilled players to compensate by roughing and interfering to keep the skilled players from using their abilities to their advantage.” National broadcasters seems to like the “let them play” approach to a game as it keeps the score closer then it would be otherwise.

    • dudermcrbohan - May 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      thanks for clearing that up for us

  15. titansbro - May 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    I actually like these comments. You should always talk up your opponent. It can put them at ease, not always of course.

  16. billsboy88 - May 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Saturday is way too far away

  17. dudermcrbohan - May 29, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    i like the subtle jab he took at the canucks

  18. therealdeal18 - May 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Thing I like most about this article – the picture of marchand ( i think ? ) diving. Clearly he was tripped, you can see the stick… but then he’s parallel with the ice a foot off the ground. Must have been some epic trip!

  19. biglite351 - May 31, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Ironic that the picture is showing an example of Marchand diving like he usually does…

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