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Marchand: Bruins ‘very, very lucky’ to be up 3-0

Jun 7, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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After saying the Bruins were “in over our heads,” prior to the start of the Eastern Conference finals, Brad Marchand is once again taking the humble approach heading into Game 4 vs. Pittsburgh.

“We’re very, very lucky right now,” Marchand told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “A few of those games could have gone the other way if a few of their plays would have connected.

“Last game, they deserved to win, but we got a little lucky.”

Marchand does have a point. The Bruins were out-shot 54-40 in Game 3 and gave Pittsburgh six power play opportunities, but some quality goaltending from Tuukka Rask and a few hit posts limited the Pens to just one goal.

But in the overall series landscape, it’s not accurate to say the Bruins were the benefactors of great luck.

Sure, some bounces went their way, but those bounces don’t account for badly outscoring the Penguins (9-1) or outshooting them (59-56) in their own barn, where they were 5-1 heading into the conference finals.

Based on overall play and capitalizing on opportunities, Boston is full value for the commanding lead.

Regardless, Marchand insisted that — heading into this series — the Bruins never even entertained the idea of winning the first three games of the series.

“It’s not something you ever think is going to happen, especially against a team like Pittsburgh,” he said.

“We’re definitely happy with where we’re at, but we never thought it would happen.”

  1. ray2013 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    They should show this to rookies coming in the league. Play a big game, don’t talk one.

  2. runtheball - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Tip of the hat to Marchand. Not as doucey as he looks.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    I wish someone would pop that weasel right square in the face.

    • einjzmolf - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Ol’ Cooker tried. Marchand decided scoring a beautiful goal to help his team win was more important. Sucks to suck.

    • mgp1219 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      rulez,

      You must think the article is about Crosby. Try having someone read to you..

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Coming from a team of weasels I wonder if you are trying to pay him a compliment. Careful what you wish for, your captain has a strong a resemblance to a certain rodent while also having a delicate jaw…..

    • betrayedbylife - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      ptpenguinsrulez, they don’t teach you how to read in PA do they?
      fans can’t read a couple sentences in order to see marchand is complimenting their favorite team and the penguins can’t read a play in order to win a game.

    • 8man - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      We call him the Rat. Because he can fit into any situation, has a mean streak, can take your lunch, and just pisses you off.

      If someone does pop him “right square in the face”, they may get a little more than they want. Maybe that’s why more people don’t.

  4. girouxed - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Tyler Kennedy is a weasel.

  5. mgp1219 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    He’s obviously just trying not to give Pittsburgh any bulletin board material. Smart on and off the ice…

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I commented yesterday how lucky the Bruins are…. Just sayin

  7. bleedrangerblue - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    @runtheball. No he’s still an idiot. Period

  8. s2mikey - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    He’s actually fairly accurate in his assessment. Game two was all bruins but games one and especially game three saw the pens basically outplay and outshoot the bruins only to get the short end of the deal. It is what it is. No going back so the pens have to get some breaks or they are done. I don’t think Boston can handle Chicago but well see.

    • beantownfanatic2012 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      If Boston can sweep Pittsburgh, they sure as hell can handle the Blackhawks! That I am confident in!! I never thought the Bs would be going for a sweep especially against the Pens but here we are and if they do, I’m fully confident that the Bs can beat Chicago. I’d fear Pittsburgh more than Chicago. Chicago almost lost but pulled there heads out of their asses and won where as Boston since game 7 against Toronto seems to be unstoppable!! Go Bs

      • 8man - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        Slow down son. One game at a time. It;s a good situation, but last I checked the Bruins were still playing the Penguins and the Hawks were still playing the Kings. Nothing. I, mean nothing, has been determined yet.

  9. tripps3 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Glad you are so confident Beantown – how about you start by winning tonight’s game first

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      Done.

  10. c1md6 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    What happened to the, “killer instinct” Marchand against the Rangers? I like that Marchand better haha.

  11. papajack1259 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Can we all agree that Lady Luck is the Unnoticed 6th man on any “Championship” team?
    And it ain’t over till it’s over, strange the way things go, no one saw this coming, and I am sorry but the penguin fans still do not see it…..been in your seat…….

    • 8man - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Great point. The Bruins, to this point, have had their blessings. But they have worked hard and not relented, which has allowed them to take full advantage of that Providence.

  12. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Brad “slew foot” Marchand has been very good, as all the B’s have. So, it’s not so much about luck than it is about executing a game plan. Give credit to the whole team for playing within a tight system and being patient and opportunistic.

  13. jimeejohnson - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Still, nobody could have predicted the Bruins would play this well and the Penguins would play this poorly. Bruins are playing championship hockey and will give the west winner a run for their money.

  14. bubblehead22 - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Hate to admit it but Boston is putting an ass whipping on my Pens. Hope they can avoid the sweep…

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